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cache

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noun \ˈkash\

Simple Definition of cache

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cache

  1. 1 a :  a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements b :  a secure place of storage

  2. 2 :  something hidden or stored in a cache

  3. 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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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cache

verb

Definition of cache

cached

caching

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



Examples of cache in a sentence

  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>



1805

First Known Use of cache

1805


CACHE Defined for Kids

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cache

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noun \ˈkash\

Definition of cache for Students

  1. 1 :  a place for hiding, storing, or preserving treasure or supplies <The hole in the wall is my cache.>

  2. 2 :  something hidden or stored in a cache <a cache of money>




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cache

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verb

Definition of cache for Students

cached

caching

  1. :  to put or store so as to be safe or hidden :  place in a cache <The coins were cached in a teapot.>





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