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

Law enforcement agencies investigating a series of blasts targeting ATMs in Philadelphia have arrested a 29-year-old Delaware County man and charged him with possessing a cache of M-type explosives, officials said Thursday. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Delco man arrested with cache of explosives like those used in Philly ATM blasts," 5 July 2018 One of the major factors influencing current and future rules changes is the vast cache of injury data the NFL is collecting. Conor Orr, SI.com, "The Kickoff Is Staying in the NFL, But for How Much Longer?," 3 May 2018 That means that technically, there is a million-dollar art cache tucked away in Cincinnati’s places of worship. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "We knew we our stained glass windows were beautiful. We didn't know they were Tiffany.," 29 Mar. 2018 That there is a cache of missing messages, of course, has raised its own questions. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Your guide to the anti-FBI conspiracy theories rippling through conservative media," 24 Jan. 2018 For conventional cache attacks, there are a number of variations of this basic approach. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Hyperthreading under scrutiny with new TLBleed crypto key leak," 25 June 2018 Woewiyu seemed eager to purchase Lang’s cache, explaining that Taylor’s forces were outgunned and in need of surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down the jets of West African peacekeepers sent to restore order in Liberia. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "How a Delco man sought to use stolen U.S. military weapons to wage war in Liberia," 28 June 2018 The story involves the theft of a cache of coaxium, which is both starship fuel and fuel for a revolution. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Solo Is an Uneven Star Wars Film. But It's Filled With Terrific Performances," 16 May 2018 The marker will also be the subject of a virtual cache that encourages people to explore places worldwide as well, village officials said. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville marker to honor Illinois' original northern border," 12 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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