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

Microsoft is planning to release a software update in 2020, dubbed Surface Hub 2X, that will use a special processor cartridge at the rear of the device to upgrade both the hardware and software. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft demonstrates Surface Hub 2 and its rotating display," 24 Sep. 2018 The program began two years after security officials foiled a terror plot to ship explosives to the U.S. in computer-printer cartridges. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Feds require more info about cargo aboard airlines from 5 Mideast countries flying to the U.S.," 22 Jan. 2018 So, in general, Dr. Tishler advises his patients to stick with vaporizers that work with plant material rather than oil cartridges. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "8 of the Best Weed Vaporizers for the Total Beginner," 13 Dec. 2018 For the vast majority of early gaming history, downloading a ROM from a site like EmuParadise is often the only feasible method of accessing the game at all, short of tracking down an original cartridge and hardware. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site," 9 Aug. 2018 The recovered handgun was sent to the Illinois State Police forensic lab for testing and was compared to the bullets recovered from Coleman’s body and the cartridges from the scene. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Man charged with first-degree murder in 2016 fatal shooting on West Side," 16 Mar. 2018 There's also the matter of a classic series like Sonic the Hedgehog feeling more complete with a cartridge or disc. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sonic Mania Plus review: A fine “master quest” for the gotta-go-fast crowd," 10 July 2018 Generally less viscous than BHO or rosin hash, CO2 oil is often sold preloaded into vaporizer cartridges or disposable vaporizer pens. Alex Wigglesworth,, "Legal weed in California: A consumer's guide," 20 Apr. 2018 The devices look like computer flash drives, can be recharged in computer USB ports and have prefilled cartridges containing nicotine. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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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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