cartridge

noun car·tridge \ ˈkär-trij , dialectal ˈka-trij \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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 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

  1. The printer needs a new ink cartridge.

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Origin and Etymology of cartridge

alteration of earlier cartage, modification of Medieval French cartouche


CARTRIDGE Defined for English Language Learners

cartridge

noun

Definition of cartridge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CARTRIDGE Defined for Kids

cartridge

noun car·tridge \ ˈkär-trij \

Definition of cartridge for Students

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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