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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The timing of the Cherry AK cartridge debut is no accident, either. John Wenzel, The Know, "Nathaniel Rateliff gets into the weed business — with help from Willie Nelson," 20 Aug. 2019 The company’s latest analysis of marijuana product sales shows traditional flower for smoking still makes up the majority of legal sales but vape cartridges and edible products continue to gain in popularity. Kathleen Foody, The Denver Post, "More edible pot among Colorado teen users, study says," 5 Aug. 2019 Rifles typically can fire more powerful cartridges than pistols and shoulder stocks allow the rifles to be fired more accurately. Cameron Knight, USA TODAY, "Dayton shooter used a modified gun that may have exploited a legal loophole," 5 Aug. 2019 Ten 9mm cartridge casings, three projectiles and one bullet fragment were recovered at the scene, Smith said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "In yet another shooting over the weekend, one person was killed and five others were injured in Philadelphia," 31 July 2019 On the other hand, the DSi also completely severed Nintendo’s link to the Game Boy by eliminating the secondary cartridge slot altogether. Sam Byford, The Verge, "A brief history of cutdown game consoles," 11 July 2019 The worst news confirmed by RetroRGB at this time is the MegaSD's inability to function when connected to a Sega 32X adapter, due to how the Genesis manages both of its cartridge slots. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "28 years later, a no-disc version of the Sega CD finally exists—and it works," 20 June 2019 At seven inches long with no external suppressor, this captive-piston design retains gas inside the cartridge case instead of pushing the bullet along with expanding gases. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Russia's New Silent Sniper Rifle," 29 Aug. 2018 In 1989, Nintendo decided to include Tetris as one of the game cartridges sold with the Game Boy system. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "Thirty Years Ago, Game Boy Changed the Way America Played Video Games," 29 July 2019

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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 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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to make a temporary encampment

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