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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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

But the MacBook Pro 13's 28-watt chip, which includes 128MB of eDRAM cache, could close the gap. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Cambridge Analytica’s London offices raided by British investigators A member of the UK parliament who recently ordered the seizure of a cache of internal Facebook documents has shown no signs of backing down. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Six4Three exec “panicked” in UK MP’s office, gave up Facebook internal files," 27 Nov. 2018 But yeah, there were a lot of classified documents, highly classified documents, that were among this cache of documents that were on her private server. Fox News, "TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers," 31 July 2018 The old case came into play indirectly last week when police knew to be wary of a weapons cache after being called on May 7 to the cul-de-sac where Snyder was staying with his wife. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Maryland man who killed 3 in neighbor’s home was subject of 2014 domestic violence case," 14 May 2018 On Friday, Arakan Army brigades launched coordinated attacks on four police posts in Rakhine, killing 13 Myanmar security forces and taking weapons and a cache of ammunition. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Buddhist Violence Portends New Threat to Myanmar," 4 Jan. 2019 Police discovered a cache of gun parts and ammunition in Tong's Madison home following the shootings. Fox News, "Former co-worker: Wisconsin shooting suspect never smiled," 24 Sep. 2018 And a CBS News correspondent discovered a cache of potentially millions of water bottles sitting unopened on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Bridget Read, Vogue, "For Trump, Hurricane Florence Will Be a Test He’s Already Failed," 12 Sep. 2018 Just last year, WikiLeaks published a huge cache of the CIA’s hacking arsenal the agency uses to conduct espionage overseas. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Spyware theft case offers a cautionary tale for encryption debate," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other applications tied to Facebook interfaces could have easily cached Facebook data offline because of their architecture. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look?," 19 Dec. 2018 To do this, Google uses a number of proprietary extensions to HTML, and AMP content all gets cached. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Bing starts serving AMP pages as Google prepares to reduce its control," 20 Sep. 2018 The mission will have two focuses: to give us a better perspective on whether Mars has ever hosted life and to cache rocks for a sample return mission. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "NASA picks a landing spot on Mars for its 2020 rover," 19 Nov. 2018 Typically, massive files can take a while to write to disk due to caching issues, but the 860 Evo was a champ under pressure. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "How low can our favorite SSD for most people, Samsung's 860 Evo, go? 256GB for $58," 17 Sep. 2018 The forthcoming Mars 2020 rover mission is focused on searching for potentially habitable environments, including caching samples for a possible sample return to Earth. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "New NASA Chief Sees Moon Missions Building a 'Railroad' to Mars," 9 May 2018 But the modifications to cache can be detected, and this can be used to infer the contents of kernel memory. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel’s SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack," 14 Aug. 2018 The work had last sold for $31 million in 1997, to a Saudi collector who apparently cached the work in his London apartment. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Pablo Picasso Sets a Record for Most Expensive Art Work in the World at Christie's," 12 May 2015 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cache.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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 \

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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