cache

noun
\ ˈkash \

Definition of cache 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements

b : a secure place of storage discovered a cache of weapons

2 : something hidden or stored in a cache The cache consisted of documents and private letters.

3 : a computer memory with very short access time used for storage of frequently or recently used instructions or data

called also cache memory

cache

verb
cached; caching

Definition of cache (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place (something) in a cache : such as

a : to place or store (something) in a hidden or secure place for safety or concealment cache camp supplies by a lake coins cached in a teapot

b computers : to place (instructions or data) in cache memory for temporary storage caching websites to speed up future retrieval

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cache

Synonyms: Noun

hoard, stash, stockpile, store

Synonyms: Verb

bury, conceal, ensconce, hide, secrete

Antonyms: Verb

display, exhibit

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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.

Examples of cache in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

an eccentric who cached money in odd places, such as under the boards of the floor cached the fugitive slaves in their cellar until they could make their way to Canada
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Miami-Dade police is on the hook for legal bills after cops illegally seized a cache of guns — and nearly $20,000 in stripper cash. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash," 6 July 2018 Last year, at least 14 people died and 30 were injured when an errant firecracker hit a cache of fireworks in Puebla state. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "At least 22 killed in fireworks explosions in a Mexican town with a history of deadly blasts," 5 July 2018 Nor have scholars found a cache of negatives and prints—as happened with Thomas Eakins —revealing avid experimentation in private. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting’ Review: An Unclear Creative Influence," 4 July 2018 Khaled's backstory is based on Shea's deployment in 2000-01, where campaigns were directed at destroying caches of weapons hidden by the enemy in schools or hospitals. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Local Police Detective Pens Suspense Trilogy," 19 June 2018 The informant also described a meeting of the group at Hari's office in Clarence, Ill., a tiny community 120 miles south of Chicago, at which a cache of weapons was reportedly seen stored inside a safe. Anchorage Daily News, "3 men arrested in Illinois charged with Minnesota mosque bombing," 14 Mar. 2018 There is little doubt the club’s cache played as much a part in James’s thinking as Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Inside Decision 3.0: LeBron James Follows in the Footsteps of Legends," 1 July 2018 The scrolls represent the only intact library known from the classical world, an unprecedented cache of ancient knowledge. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 The Associated Press has obtained a new cache of emails showing top President Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy was at the center of a secret lobbying effort to undermine the Pentagon’s relationship with Qatar. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Supporters rally for gay man detained by ICE, city shares memories of LOVE | Morning Newsletter," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All photos stored in the desktop folder are also automatically cached as thumbnails. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Reminder: macOS still leaks secrets stored on encrypted drives," 18 June 2018 This is valuable to a range of database-like and caching workloads. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel at last announces Optane memory: DDR4 that never forgets," 31 May 2018 Google Chrome on Android is getting a new feature that will automatically download relevant news articles when connected to Wi-Fi, which should help cache articles for offline reading, the company announced yesterday. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google Chrome on Android can now cache news articles on Wi-Fi for offline reading," 22 June 2018 That includes making noise so as not to surprise bears, not allowing bears to get into human food, and staying away from food bears have cached, Harms said. Casey Grove, Anchorage Daily News, "Troopers: Man dead in bear attack near Delta Junction," 7 June 2013 Beavers Beavers build dams to create still water for their underwater homes, called lodges, where the rodents cache food for the winter. Brian Gordon Green, National Geographic, "Why a Squirrel Stashed 50 Pounds of Pine Cones in a Car," 9 June 2018 The page is no longer there, but Google cached a copy of the site on January 3. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "We found a deleted page that reveals the paparazzi roots of Kodak Coin," 10 Jan. 2018 The snafu rendered the files, which were cached by Google, to be publicly exposed and viewed by anyone without a password. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "After mom's gyno records found online, South Jersey docs to pay $418 million for data breach," 4 Apr. 2018 Responding officers found a small container with a pink eraser and geo-caching sign-in sheet inside the base. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Woman takes back her vehicle from repo driver: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cache

Noun

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cache

Noun

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

Verb

see cache entry 1

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cache

noun

English Language Learners 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

cache

noun
\ ˈkash \

Kids Definition of cache

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : something hidden or stored in a cache a cache of money

cache

verb
cached; caching

Kids Definition of cache (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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