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

Alex Holden, chief information security officer of Hold Security LLC, said a recent investigation found hackers last month offering to produce fake passport and identification cards based on data in a cache of 4,600 purloined documents. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Thieves Can Now Nab Your Data in a Few Minutes for a Few Bucks," 9 Dec. 2018 Ores, metals, and minerals that are now vital to civilization can be found within these peaks, and over time, interlinked caches of them have been fragmented by plate tectonics pandemonium. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Lost continent revealed in new reconstruction of geologic history," 11 Sep. 2019 Others were concerned about getting a police report on a drug seizure to prove to Mexican suppliers that the cache had been taken by law enforcement. NBC News, "30 indicted in alleged international drug-trafficking ring in U.S., Mexico and Canada," 6 Sep. 2019 Separatist political groups calling for an independent Kashmir had built weapons caches and were gaining popular support. Washington Post, "Decades after fleeing, Kashmiri Hindus still fear going back," 5 Sep. 2019 For the first time since the program's genesis, the site scouted for new Vanguard representatives through Instagram, sifting through the endless cache of online brands by focusing on sustainability. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Net-a-Porter Scouted New FW19 Vanguard Brands Through Instagram," 4 Sep. 2019 Part of the reason employees haven’t already organized is because of the cache attached to working for big publishers. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Union pushes at places like YouTube and WeWork could transform white-collar work," 1 Sep. 2019 The entire cache includes travel shots, party shots, photos in black-and-white and color, large prints and small ones. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Exclusive look at new photographs by Vivian Maier: U. of C. gets thousands of never-before-seen-prints made by famed photographer," 22 Aug. 2019 Now, Ritvo is still the chief operating officer of TSG and that gives him cache and authority in essentially all matters. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! A new day at Santa Anita," 11 Aug. 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 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 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, "Jarran Reed on NFL suspension: ‘I’m a great person regardless of what the picture portrays’," 26 July 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. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for July 28, 2019," 28 July 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, "Jarran Reed on NFL suspension: ‘I’m a great person regardless of what the picture portrays’," 26 July 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 July 17, 2019," 17 July 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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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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