car·tridge | \ ˈkär-trij , 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

d : cassette sense 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

The printer needs a new ink cartridge.

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What was thought to be a bullet found in a classroom at Thompson Junior High School in Oswego Wednesday morning was actually a construction cartridge, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego police say item resembling bullet at junior high was construction cartridge," 23 May 2018 Officers searched Hurst's car and found 13 cartridge casings, four firearms and ammunition boxes, the news release said. Anna Buchmann, sacbee, "Man convicted of attempted murder of Citrus Heights officers in 2016," 21 May 2018 Among the evidence was a gun found in the vehicle in which McCoy was riding at the time of his arrest in Idaho that was linked to cartridge casings found at the scene of the killings in Louisiana. Mark Sherman,, "Supreme Court rules for inmate whose lawyer conceded guilt," 14 May 2018 These cigarette lookalikes basically consist of a cartridge, a battery and an LED light. Scientific American, "E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping," 18 May 2018 Dollar Shave Club, which delivers razors by mail, also had an initial marketing campaign, which capitalized on shoppers’ frustrations over having to wait for their cartridges to be unlocked by store staff. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "A Crime Problem on the Upper West Side: Shoplifting at Duane Reade," 14 May 2018 On P-mount turntables and cartridges, there's nothing to go out of adjustment. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Started With Vinyl," 1 May 2017 The threat posed by air cargo was highlighted in 2010, when terrorists concealed bombs in printer cartridges mailed from Yemen in a plot designed to bring down the planes over the United States. David Koenig, Fox News, "US imposes new security measures on incoming cargo shipments," 12 June 2018 The cartridges are always running out, and Mrs. Speight buys those, too, at $30 a pop. New York Times, "What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School," 5 June 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 \

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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