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 Nintendo does have a support page for this error code with a number of potential solutions, including trying the download again, restarting the Switch, and clearing the cache. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 June 2021 In December 2020, a Chinese probe landed on the moon and subsequently returned to Earth with a cache of lunar samples. NBC News, 15 May 2021 Sprint also provided its merger partner with a valuable cache of wireless spectrum licenses that will support much of the bandwidth for T-Mobile’s planned fifth-generation network. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 The revelation, gleaned from an October 2020 slide show presentation, came from a cache of condo documents provided to USA TODAY by relatives of missing residents. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 3 July 2021 On Wednesday night, 17 people were injured and cars and homes were damaged in a South Los Angeles neighborhood after a cache of homemade fireworks exploded as it was being destroyed by a bomb squad. BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2021 The statue dates back to the 1st or 2nd century and was seized by US Customs and Border protection with a cache of 40 other pieces valued at around $745,000, according to court documents. CNN, 5 June 2021 For over a decade, young homeowners—fueled by tech money and the dominance of modern architecture—were heavily reworking the city’s cache of historic properties. Amanda Eberstein, WSJ, 20 May 2021 Loi Nguyen escaped a humanitarian crisis in Da Nang in the ’70s, hiding under a cache of supplies on the boat to start her journey to America. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eventually, the Perseverance rover will collect and cache the rock and regolith to be returned in a joint mission with the ESA (European Space Agency). Julia Musto, Fox News, 21 July 2021 The rover will cache soil samples for eventual return to Earth by a series of retrieval missions carried out jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 His followers should cache weapons, ammunition, hydrogen peroxide, kitchen matches. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Even more significant, Perseverance will cache the most intriguing Mars samples so that they can eventually be collected and brought back to Earth as early as 2031. Popular Science, 7 Jan. 2021 These middens are where the Mount Graham red squirrels cache their cones. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2020 Wolves also will cache parts of a kill to eat later. Star Tribune, 24 Oct. 2020 Perseverance has a sophisticated system to collect samples, cache them and stow them on the Martian surface. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 Aug. 2020 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2020

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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

borrowed from North American French, from French, "hiding place," noun derivative of cacher "to hide, conceal," going back to Old French cachier, quaichier "to put away, lock up, cover, remove from view, conceal" (also Middle French cacher "to press, crush"), going back to Vulgar Latin *coācticāre "to press, constrict," from Latin coāctāre "to compel" (frequentative of cōgere "to drive together, collect, compress, compel") + -icāre, verb formative — more at cogent

Note: The etymological sense "to compress, constrict" is not attested for the Old French verb, though it likely existed and is apparent in the prefixed form escachier "to crush and flatten, break by pressing or falling on." From the sense "compress" presumably developed the senses "lock up, cover, put away," and hence "remove from view, conceal," common from the sixteenth century. The sense "to press, crush" is marginally evident in Middle French in areas in contact with Occitan, though it penetrated widely enough to form the basis for the derivative cachet "seal" (see cachet).

Verb

verbal derivative of cache entry 1

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“Cache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cache. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for cache

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
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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