car·​tridge | \ ˈkär-trij How to pronounce cartridge (audio) , dialectal ˈka-trij \

Definition of cartridge

: a case or container that holds a substance, device, or material which is difficult, troublesome, or awkward to handle and that usually can be easily changed: such as
a : a tube (as of metal) containing a complete charge for a firearm and usually an initiating device (such as a primer)
b : a case containing an explosive charge for blasting
c : an often cylindrical container for insertion into a larger mechanism or apparatus
e : a small case that contains a phonograph needle and transducer and is attached to a tonearm
f : a removable case containing a magnetic tape or one or more disks and used as a computer storage medium
g : a case for holding printed circuit chips containing a computer program a video-game cartridge

Examples of cartridge in a Sentence

The printer needs a new ink cartridge.
Recent Examples on the Web During a search of the Toyota, police found a baggie of marijuana, a joint, gummies, a grinder, vape pen and cartridge. John Benson, cleveland, "Speeding Strongsville driver caught with ‘just a regular’ vape machine: North Royalton Police Blotter," 12 May 2021 Getting a great sound from vinyl required a heavy investment in a good-quality turntable and cartridge. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Family Company Is Thriving Making Turntables For Vinyl Aficionados," 9 May 2021 The turntable's Audio Technica cartridge and built-in pre-amp delivers premium audio quality, and is compatible with any Bluetooth speaker or headphones. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "The Best Headphones & Earbuds from This Bob Marley-Inspired Audio Brand," 20 Apr. 2021 After a few hours, or longer, the cartridge can be pulled out of the machine and sent to a lab for analysis. Emily Anthes, New York Times, "The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air," 24 Mar. 2021 Most inflatable PFDs come with tubes to allow manual inflation if the cartridge fails. Field & Stream, "How to Choose a Life Jacket," 23 Mar. 2021 This number tells you how many pages the cartridge can print. Laura Duerr,, "The best printer for the money," 8 Mar. 2021 Other items in the gift bag along with the late actor’s image include a jokey non-cookbook from Postmates, a vape cartridge, and a year-long membership to a fitness app. Ariana Romero,, "A Chadwick Boseman NFT Being Gifted To Oscar Guests?," 25 Apr. 2021 This is dipped in a tube containing a solution to dilute the sample, and then placed at one end of a porous strip in a test cartridge. The Economist, "How do lateral-flow tests for covid-19 work?," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cartridge

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cartridge

alteration of earlier cartage, modification of Middle French cartouche

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The first known use of cartridge was in 1626

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17 May 2021

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“Cartridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cartridge

: a tube which you put into a gun and which contains a bullet and explosive material
: a case or container that you put into a machine to make it work


car·​tridge | \ ˈkär-trij How to pronounce cartridge (audio) \

Kids Definition of cartridge

1 : a case or shell containing gunpowder and shot or a bullet for use in a firearm
2 : a container that is inserted into a machine to make it work an ink cartridge

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