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cache

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noun \ˈkash\

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.

cash and cache

Cache and cash are homophones (words that are pronounced alike but have different meanings, origins, or spelling) whose likeness in sound may lead to perplexity.

Cache primarily refers to a thing that is hidden or stored somewhere, or to the place where it is hidden. It has recently taken on another common meaning, “short-term computer memory where information is stored for easy retrieval.” Cash, on the other hand, is most often used in the sense “ready money.”

If you find yourself confused by these words, remember that you can store cash in a cache, but you can't do the reverse. Be mindful, too, that if you run out of cash you won't be able to buy something, but if you're short on cache, your computer won’t work.

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 English Language Learners

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cache

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noun \ˈkash\

Definition of cache for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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