Cavity: defined from varying perspectives

We can’t be too strict in our definition of a word. The word cavity, for example, can mean differently for different people and applications.

With a bit of imagination, let’s see how we can create ways to apply or interpret a word. In this article, let’s use the word ‘Cavity‘. I’m sure there are many ways in which we can add color or apply dramatic effects to this word. 

Let me start.

Tell a child that he must go on a trip to the dentist’s clinic to fix his cavity. I bet you’ll make him scream in horror. I mean, many kids don’t like the idea. For many a child, a cavity is a monster that should be dreaded. A schedule with the dentist for cavity problem is a (hard) lesson for a child to learn, indeed: that negligence to care for his teeth will eventually result in excruciating episodes.

For someone with rheumatic heart disease, cavity means physical damage to his heart. While for a broken-hearted man it means an emotional distress that can only be healed with time.

A childless couple may experience a hole in their life until a baby comes and adds the ‘w’ to mend it. Thus, making the hole a whole – a family to call!

A mother who loses a child through ailment, accident, or miscarriage may experience a void in her heart.

When a teenager struggles to find his place between childhood and adulthood, he may feel a sense of emptiness, a desire for belongingness.

A cavity does not only concern people. Elements and certain circumstances may also create cavities. And I want to single out the water element here. While water is essential to human, animal, and plant life, it can also be a culprit of some accidents. One particular cavity caused by water is the sinkhole. Sinkholes can drive a vehicle to an abyss. 

When water dissolved minerals in the rocks, it leaves open spaces within the rock. And we call these open spaces caves, the place many people go to see the stalagmites and stalactites.

Meanwhile, an uncovered manhole causes accidents to unsuspecting pedestrians and animals, sending them instead to the sewer.

See, how we can interpret the word cavity. If you have more ways to use the word, please comment below.

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