Definition of cache in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaSH/


1A collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place: an arms cache a cache of gold coins
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  • Birds with a history of stealing other birds' food stores, or caches, were particularly careful to create their own cache in privacy - the thief recognizes his food could be stolen in the future.
  • Perhaps you are expected to have a hidden cache of gold when you come to the country, but I assume you do not.
  • Yes, since it can't find either small coin caches or large buried treasures, it performs equally well for each task.
1.1A hidden or inaccessible storage place for valuables, provisions, or ammunition.
Example sentences
  • In terrestrial environments, the storage of food in caches or hoards similarly results in valuable patches that can benefit the owner but potentially can be pilfered.
  • Unlike many woodland food hoarders, chickadees don't put most of their provisions in large caches.
  • For years the Dawson cabin was just that, a cabin and an elevated storage cache.
1.2 (also cache memory) Computing An auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible.
Example sentences
  • Still, there are ways of squeezing more performance out of a disk drive with a larger cache memory.
  • The cache transmits the address of the cache block as a write transaction on an interface to the cache, and the cache captures the address from the interface and reads the cache block from the cache memory in response to the address.
  • A similar argument can be applied to copies in the cache memory of computers.


[with object]
1Store away in hiding or for future use.
Example sentences
  • Agoutis feed on some of the seeds immediately and cache others for future consumption; uneaten seeds germinate about a year later.
  • For hoarding to evolve, the individual that caches an item must have a greater probability of recovering that item than any other animal.
  • One of most important and satisfying factoids I have ever learned is that while squirrels may cache fifty pounds of nuts in a year that half are lost to the squirrel because they forget where they put them.
1.1 Computing Store (data) in a cache memory.
Example sentences
  • Asynchronous mirroring caches the second data set, writing it to the secondary server without waiting to confirm with the primary.
  • The suspension follows reports that the software was caching sensitive content, such as user control panels to online forums.
  • Since http traffic can be cached there was a chance another user could see the details submitted, he added.
1.2 Computing Provide (hardware) with a cache memory.
Example sentences
  • It caches components, providing a bigger speed boost than that from simple templates.
  • I've often wished for something similar, actually - my OS has been using spare RAM to cache the hard drive since the year dot, why not use spare hard drive to cache the CD/DVD drive as well?
  • You told the system how much memory to use to cache the hard drive, and that memory couldn't be used for any other purpose.


Late 18th century: from French, from cacher 'to hide'.

Words that rhyme with cache

abash, ash, Ashe, bash, brash, calash, cash, clash, crash, dash, encash, flash, gnash, hash, lash, mash, Nash, panache, pash, plash, rash, sash, slash, smash, soutache, splash, stash, thrash, trash

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