Definition of cache in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaʃ/


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.
hoard, store, stockpile, stock, supply, collection, accumulation, reserve, fund;
hidden treasure, treasure;
nest egg
informal stash
rare amassment
1.1A hidden or inaccessible storage place for valuables, provisions, or ammunition: there was a good supply of meat in the caches
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  • 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.
hiding place, storage place, secret place, hole;
informal hidey-hole
informal, dated stash
1.2 (also cache memory) Computing An auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible: [as modifier]: typical cache sizes range from 64K to 256K
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  • 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.

verb (caches, cacheing or caching, cached)

[with object]
1Store away in hiding or for future use: he decided that they must cache their weapons
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  • 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: the operating system tries to cache every disk operation
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  • 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: the device comes complete with 4MB of RAM to cache the hard drive (as adjective cached) a cached host adapter
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  • 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.



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  • These plugins could be local or distributed, like locally cacheable web services.
  • Customers will be expected to run some web services at the edge, primarily involving presentation layer and other cacheable data, while other more database-driven application logic will remain at the origin site.
  • The problem occurs when a 4M page is being used by more than 1 thing, some of which are cacheable and some of which are not.


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  • To go wholly cacheless like them is a huge leap and that's because say, a 2GHz CPU is running roughly 100 times faster than the memory access time.
  • The cheapo chip has been lumbered with a puny 66MHz front side bus ever since its inauspicious launch as the cacheless Covington in the latter years of the last century.
  • By contrast, the original, cacheless G3 took up 40 square millimetres.


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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