# A shorter way to describe a cave path of a certain length

As I have to divide caves into some groups, I need to classify them as:

1. caves with short path (below 100 m)

2. caves with middle path (between 100 - 200 m)

3. caves with very long path

What are the shorter words for those classification?

• Caves are not always linear-- they are generally a system of connected chambers which may be arranged in an odd shape, with no clear "path" to speak of.
– Era
Feb 22, 2016 at 2:23
• I wonder if passage would be a better word choice (than path). Feb 22, 2016 at 2:24
• Does path mean how far you can walk inside the cave? I would use walkway in that case. Feb 22, 2016 at 2:28
• Also "a short path", etc. Feb 22, 2016 at 2:30
• Caves are connected by passages. Usually the distance referred to in a cave is its actual measurement usually in meters, yards, or feet (as it is in mountain climbing). Lack of precision is usually not a good thing in caves. Feb 22, 2016 at 2:36

There isn't a specific set of words for a cave passage, so you will just want to use comparative descriptions of length.

I might group them as "short", "typical", and "long". You could also use "medium" instead of typical as Jay suggested, especially if people might have different ideas of what a medium length cave system is.

Using these terms allows for a lot of interpretation of exactly how long a passageway you're describing if you don't specify it in your paper. You could say something like:

"The cave systems were divided into three groups, those with short passageways (less than 100 m), those with typical length passageways (100-200 m), and those with long passageways (greater than 200 m).

After that you may just refer to them as "short systems", "typical systems", and "long systems" I think.

• +1, though I'd say "medium" rather than "typical". It's pretty standard to categorize things as short/medium/long. And the middle range may or may not be "typical".
– Jay
Feb 22, 2016 at 5:04
• @Jay The reason I choose typical because I thought it might be a point of reference for folks familiar with cave systems, but medium was what I thought of first, so I went ahead and edited it in. Feb 22, 2016 at 13:26
• If one assumes that the OP meant "passage" or "passageway" when they used "path", this is an excellent answer. Feb 23, 2016 at 19:04