cache

noun
\ ˈkash How to pronounce cache (audio) \

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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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 Pony Life relocates the ponies to Sugarcube Corner, a local bakery hangout run by Pinkie Pie, which also houses a mysterious cache of magical potions to be broken out when the need arises. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "My Little Pony to launch new animated series and toy line — see exclusive first look," 13 Nov. 2019 The box contained a cache of old newspapers, referencing Republican President Herbert Hoover’s attempt to repeal a strict immigration law and baseball legend Babe Ruth’s single hit in a Yankees loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Famed lighthouse at Point Reyes shines again after $5.7 million makeover," 7 Nov. 2019 On planets like yours, which are already predisposed to tribalistic self-destruction, putting a raging cretin near a large cache of weapons is often the best way to insure destruction. Bob Vulfov, The New Yorker, "Hello, Earthlings, We Are Here to Destroy You," 5 Nov. 2019 The discovery of a cache of gold coins rips apart a teenage crew that robs vacations homes in a New Jersey beach town. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Movies opening in L.A.: ‘Joker’ with Joaquin Phoenix and more," 28 Sep. 2019 At the time of the shooting, Milano alledgedly was wearing body armor and in possession of a considerable cache of firearms. Richard Bammer, The Mercury News, "Fremont man charged with trying to kill 3 Vallejo cops to face preliminary hearing," 17 Sep. 2019 Undoubtedly, the embattled NRA still has the cache to be influential, said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor who focuses on the Second Amendment and gun control. Fortune, "Will Universal Background Checks for Gun Buyers Ever Become Law?," 9 Sep. 2019 Her name resurfaced on Friday after the release of the cache of court papers relating to a 2015 federal defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Maxwell. NBC News, "British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in spotlight after Epstein's apparent suicide," 10 Aug. 2019 The cache of coffins isn’t the only recent find to come out of Luxor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Discover 20 Sealed Ancient Egyptian Coffins," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Cleveland.com. Mike Rose, cleveland, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for December 4, 2019," 4 Dec. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of OregonLive.com. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks fall to No. 14 in College Football Playoff rankings," 27 Nov. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Cleveland.com. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for November 17, 2019," 17 Nov. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of OregonLive.com. oregonlive, "Watch: Damian Lillard after Blazers ‘dig out’ OT win over Atlanta Hawks for 1st home win of the season," 11 Nov. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of OregonLive.com. oregonlive, "Newspaper corrections for Sept. 9, 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of AL.com. Matt Scalici | Mscalici@al.com, al, "Watch Auburn arrive at AT&T Stadium to face Oregon in season opener," 31 Aug. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of AL.com. al, "NCAA denies waiver for former Auburn quarterback Malik Willis at Liberty," 28 Aug. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Ohio. Mike Rose, cleveland.com, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for August 14, 2019," 14 Aug. 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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The first known use of cache was in 1797

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Last Updated

6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cache.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cache. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for cache

cache

noun
How to pronounce cache (audio)

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

cache

noun
\ ˈkash How to pronounce cache (audio) \

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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