- a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.: She hid her jewelry in a little cache in the cellar.
- anything so hidden: The enemy never found our cache of food.
- Computers. a temporary storage space or memory that allows fast access to data: Web browser cache; CPU cache.
- Alaska and Northern Canada. a small shed elevated on poles above the reach of animals and used for storing food, equipment, etc.
- to put in a cache; conceal; hide.
Origin of cache
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Examples from the Web for caching
He invented a set of algorithms that helped speed up the transfer of information dramatically by “caching.”This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
Caching canoe and provisions on July 4, he marched overland.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
If we are going to make a practice of caching the stuff, I suggest that we provide a number of tin cans with tight covers.The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers
Claude A. Labelle
At the first ravine, one cow succeeded in caching her calf—the other failed.Red Hunters And the Animal People
Charles A. Eastman
Speaking of caching or storing food for future use, there are several ways of doing this.The Pony Rider Boys in New England
Frank Gee Patchin
He babbled of the long journey with the mule team into the mouth of Dry Bone Caon, and the caching of the treasure.Frances of the Ranges
Amy Bell Marlowe
- a hidden store of provisions, weapons, treasure, etc
- the place where such a store is hidden
- computing a small high-speed memory that improves computer performance
- (tr) to store in a cache
Word Origin and History for caching
1797, "hiding place," from French Canadian trappers' slang, "hiding place for stores" (1660s), a back-formation from French cacher "to hide, conceal" (13c., Old French cachier), from Vulgar Latin *coacticare "store up, collect, compress," frequentative of Latin coactare "constrain," from coactus, past participle of cogere "to collect" (see cogent). Sense extended by 1830s to "anything stored in a hiding place."
- An area of computer memory devoted to the high-speed retrieval of frequently used or requested data.