cache

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1cache

noun \ˈkash\

: a group of things that have been hidden in a secret place because they are illegal or have been stolen

: a part of a computer's memory where information is kept so that the computer can find it very quickly

Full Definition of CACHE

1
a :  a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements
b :  a secure place of storage
2
:  something hidden or stored in a cache
3
:  a computer memory with very short access time used for storage of frequently or recently used instructions or data —called also cache memory

Examples of CACHE

  1. a weapons cache used by terrorists
  2. Police found a cache of stolen cars in the woods.
  3. Her new laptop has one megabyte of cache.

Origin of CACHE

French, from cacher to press, hide, from Vulgar Latin *coacticare to press together, from Latin coactare to compel, frequentative of cogere to compel — more at cogent
First Known Use: 1797

2cache

verb
cachedcach·ing

Definition of CACHE

transitive verb
:  to place, hide, or store in a cache

Examples of CACHE

  1. <an eccentric who cached money in odd places, such as under the boards of the floor>
  2. <cached the fugitive slaves in their cellar until they could make their way to Canada>

First Known Use of CACHE

1805

cache

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Temporary computer storage used for quick retrieval of data in order to increase processing speed. The cached data can be stored in a reserved area of RAM, a special cache chip (separate from the CPU) that provides faster access than RAM, or on the disk drive. By keeping frequently accessed data in a rapidly accessible place, the computer can respond quickly to requests for those data without having to perform time-consuming searches of RAM or hard drives. Since a “stale” cache will contain data that have been superseded by later information, the cached data must be refreshed periodically.

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