[ kash ]
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  1. a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.: She hid her jewelry in a little cache in the cellar.

  2. anything so hidden: The enemy never found our cache of food.

  1. Also called cache storage .Computers. a temporary storage space or memory that allows fast access to data: Web browser cache;CPU cache.

  2. Alaska and Northern Canada. a small shed elevated on poles above the reach of animals and used for storing food, equipment, etc.

verb (used with object),cached, cach·ing.
  1. to put in a cache; conceal; hide.

Origin of cache

First recorded in 1585–95; from French, noun derivative of cacher “to hide,” from unattested Vulgar Latin coācticāre “to stow away,” originally, “to pack together,” frequentative of Latin coāctāre, equivalent to Latin coāct(us) “collected” (past participle of cōgere “to collect, compel”) + -icā- formative verb suffix + -re infinitive ending

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British Dictionary definitions for cache


/ (kæʃ) /

  1. a hidden store of provisions, weapons, treasure, etc

  2. the place where such a store is hidden

  1. computing a small high-speed memory that improves computer performance

  1. (tr) to store in a cache

Origin of cache

C19: from French, from cacher to hide

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Scientific definitions for cache


[ kăsh ]

  1. An area of computer memory devoted to the high-speed retrieval of frequently used or requested data.

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