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 The cartridge in the photos is from Audio Technica, which is a good sign. Brad Moon, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Officers found six pistol caliber cartridge casings in the area but no victim. oregonlive, 2 June 2022 The antiwar mosaic was created from about 5,000 cartridge casings from different weapons. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Ryan said a handgun, and six spent cartridge cases that came from that weapon, were found inside the vehicle. Amy Forliti, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Ryan said a handgun, and six spent cartridge cases that came from that weapon, were found inside the vehicle. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 Each pen is equipped with a black rollerball cartridge F. Just 188 pieces of the watch and pen will be made and will be sold as a limited edition set. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Typical glass growlers don’t keep beer fresh very long, which the uKeg Go remedies by using a food-grade CO2 cartridge, so your beer stays carbonated for up to several weeks. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, 7 Dec. 2020 Now, 25 years after GoldenEye's launch, a museum has managed to do something about those screencheaters, rigging up a way to split a game of GoldenEye across four TV screens without modifying the original cartridge or N64 hardware. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Cartridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cartridge


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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