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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The cartridges slot into the back of the Surface Hub 2 hardware and can be upgraded or serviced. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Surface Hub 2S to launch next year, followed by Surface Hub 2X update in 2020," 24 Sep. 2018 Every two months: Replace your water filter cartridge to keep your coffee fresh every other month. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Keurig Coffee Maker the Right Way," 12 July 2018 But my book purchases slowly took a backseat as years went by and as items like ink cartridges, HDMI cables, and two-pound bags of chia seeds became more important than the newest novel release. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "How to review your life’s Amazon buying history—and what we learned from our own," 28 May 2018 What about the cartridge that captures the ammonia? Sandy Bauers,, "Going green isn't just for the Eagles: Area workplaces embrace sustainability," 15 Mar. 2018 Such a food industry would also need to develop bioreactors—think bread machines with cell cartridges or breweries that make meat, not beer—that would intake the raw materials and spit out lamb chops. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 Included in the purchase are replacement Tasers, batteries, cartridges and all necessary equipment. Jennie Key,, "Tasers coming back to Colerain Township Police this summer," 19 June 2018 Police also took several firearms, ammunition and cartridges and a scope from the home, according to the complaint. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hobart man accused of child porn offenses; gets federal court date," 15 June 2018 Leaf Concepts proposes to extract and refine oils from cannabis plants for a variety of medicinal products, including vape pen cartridges and edibles. Luke Money,, "Renewed proposal for medical marijuana business awaits Costa Mesa Planning Commission review," 8 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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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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