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.
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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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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cartridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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


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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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