He writes that he discovered thousands of cartridge casings on the barricades, apparently fired from the police squads.
A cartridge for white smoke is waiting if the vote proves decisive.
Bolts of it leaped upward to fasten upon gun-butts and the buckles of the cartridge belts.
The cartridge exploded, and perhaps a ton or two of coal fell.
Now and again the eye was caught by little heaps of cartridge cases marking the spot where some soldier had lain down.
He stood unharmed, for the cartridge was bad, or the chamber of my revolver was unloaded.
And the ragged crew struck at the spoil like a wave, lapping up arms, cartridge boxes, knapsacks.
Then I was to light the fuse of the second cartridge and throw it in.
I ask you whether you are familiar with these cartridge cases.
The detonation of a cartridge or so when a bombardment is going on, what does it count for?
1570s, cartage, corruption of French cartouche "a full charge for a pistol," originally wrapped in paper (16c.), from Italian cartoccio "roll of paper," an augmentative form of Medieval Latin carta "paper" (see card (n.)). The notion is of a roll of paper containing a charge for a firearm. The modern form of the English word is recorded from 1620s. Extended broadly 20c. to other small containers and their contents.