Definition of cartridge in English:


Syllabification: car·tridge
Pronunciation: /ˈkärtrij


  • 1A container holding a spool of photographic film, a quantity of ink, or other item or substance, designed for insertion into a mechanism.
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    • Super8 film cartridges are available from good photographic stores for about £12 which thankfully includes processing.
    • Cassette doors can break off, spring mechanisms inside cartridges can be dislodged, or the entire tape cabinet may break apart.
    • The packaging apparatus is relatively simple in structure because it has no mechanisms for rotating the film cartridge and the case.
    cassette, canister, container, magazine
  • 1.1A casing containing a charge and a bullet or shot for small arms or an explosive charge for blasting.
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    • Among the ammunition were shotgun cartridges and dum-dum bullets.
    • She said authorities also found in the car automatic rifles, bullet cartridges, plastic explosives and other materials.
    • The hand gun carried by the first man was a Webley revolver adapted to fire shot gun cartridges.
    bullet, round, shell, charge, shot
  • 1.2A component carrying the stylus on the pickup head of a record player.


late 16th century: from French cartouche (feminine noun), from Italian cartoccio (see cartouche).

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