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 This one comes with a CO2 cartridge that carbonates up to 60 liters of water. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop Amazon’s Big Summer Sale Event for savings on home, electronics, apparel and more," 5 Aug. 2020 Includes a fuel cartridge and 3 mats; requires 3 AAA batteries (not included). Mark Heim |, al, "7 mosquito repellent - errr bug spray - solutions for your backyard," 5 Aug. 2020 The phono setting delivers the unaltered signal from the phono cartridge, which must be used with a phono preamp or the phono input of a receiver or amplifier. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Office microphone works great at home, too," 31 July 2020 The all stainless-steel construction makes for a hefty pistol, but the weight certainly tames the recoil of the 10mm cartridge, especially with spicy loads. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "Why The 10mm is The Ultimate Handgun Cartridge for Hunting and Personal Defense (Plus 8 of Best Pistols You Can Buy)," 23 June 2020 This one from Thermacell is battery-powered and uses a butane cartridge that promises to keep a 15x15 foot area mosquito-free. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What You Should Know About Murder Hornets," 30 May 2020 Twist rate inconsistency by cartridge results in a hodgepodge among various rifle brands. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020 Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games were anywhere from $40 to $100 a cartridge. Washington Post, "Next-gen games may cost $70. It’s overdue, but also worrisome.," 3 July 2020 Remington, however, saw this target round as a hunting cartridge. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020

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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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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cartridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce cartridge (audio)

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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