cartridge

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noun car·tridge \ˈkär-trij, dial ˈka-trij\

Definition of cartridge

  1. :  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: as a :  a tube (as of metal) containing a complete charge for a firearm and usually an initiating device (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 d :  cassette 2 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

  1. The printer needs a new ink cartridge.

Origin and Etymology of cartridge

alteration of earlier cartage, modification of Middle French cartouche


First Known Use: 1626


CARTRIDGE Defined for English Language Learners

cartridge

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noun car·tridge \ˈkär-trij, dial ˈka-trij\

Definition of cartridge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CARTRIDGE Defined for Kids

cartridge

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noun car·tridge \ˈkär-trij\

Definition of cartridge for Students

  1. 1 :  a case or shell containing gunpowder and shot or a bullet for use in a firearm

  2. 2 :  a container that is inserted into a machine to make it work <an ink cartridge>



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