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 Hackers last year stole a large cache of sensitive files — including photos of drivers’ faces and license plates — from Perceptics, a government contractor who made the license-plate scanners used on vehicles crossing the U.S. borders. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Senators seek IG probe of border agency’s warrantless use of phone-location data," 23 Oct. 2020 Tim Connelly said the Western Conference’s talent cache was a topic of conversation among peers in the bubble. Dallas News, "What’s in store for the Mavs in 2020-21? Dirk Nowitzki sees parallels to Dallas' early 2000s teams," 12 Oct. 2020 If the cache has not yet expired for the resource, it is considered valid and nothing else is done. Frank Sharpe, ProPublica, "Meet the Baconator," 2 Oct. 2020 Such a cache of facial data could have economic and geopolitical value, as Chinese entities could learn to profile populations and socioeconomic groups. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "TikTok data gives Beijing 'shapes and styles of faces' China 'can't get in the mainland'," 19 Sep. 2020 The 18-year-olds found the cache of 425 coins inside a clay vessel buried in the city of Yavne, according to Reuters. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Israeli Teens Discover Trove of 1,100-Year-Old Gold Coins," 26 Aug. 2020 Photographs published in Saudi media showed a cache of arms including assault rifles, scopes and thousands of rounds of ammunition as well as military uniforms that had been confiscated at a house and a farm being used as storage sites. Stephen Kalin And Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Says It Dismantled an Iran-Backed Terrorist Cell," 29 Sep. 2020 The project examined a cache of suspicious activity reports filed by banks with FinCEN, as well as other investigative documents. NBC News, "Secret documents reveal potential dark side of prepaid debit cards," 22 Sep. 2020 Last year, archaeologists found a cache at Saqqara that included hundreds of mummified animals, birds and crocodiles, as well as two mummified lion cubs. Samy Magdy, chicagotribune.com, "Archaeologists unearth 27 ancient coffins — unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago — at Egypt’s Saqqara pyramid," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Perseverance has a sophisticated system to collect samples, cache them and stow them on the Martian surface. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The long road to returning first-ever samples from Mars," 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, "Ohio State football coach Ryan Day’s contract extension puts him among highest-paid coaches in the country," 25 Feb. 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. Mike Cason, al, "Fake urine for drug tests would be a crime under this Alabama bill," 12 Feb. 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. oregonlive, "Kaye Turner killer makes fourth plea for eventual parole," 23 Jan. 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. Mike Cason, al, "Fake urine for drug tests would be a crime under this Alabama bill," 12 Feb. 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. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Ohio State vs. Wisconsin LIVE STREAM (2/9/20) | How to watch Kaleb Wesson, Big Ten, college basketball online | Time, TV, channel," 9 Feb. 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. oregonlive, "Kaye Turner killer makes fourth plea for eventual parole," 23 Jan. 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. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers to sign G League shooting guard Matt Mooney to two-way contract, sources say," 15 Jan. 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 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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Time Traveler for cache

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The first known use of cache was in 1797

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Last Updated

26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cache. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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