cache

[ kash ]
/ kæʃ /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), cached, cach·ing.

to put in a cache; conceal; hide.

Origin of cache

1585–95; < French, noun derivative of cacher to hide < Vulgar Latin *coācticāre to stow away, orig. to pack together, equivalent to Latin coāct(us) collected (past participle of cōgere; see coactive1) + -icā- formative v. suffix + -re infinitive ending
Can be confusedcache cachet cash
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British Dictionary definitions for cache

cache

/ (kæʃ) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to store in a cache

Word Origin for cache

C19: from French, from cacher to hide
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Word Origin and History for cache

cache


n.

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."

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Science definitions for cache

cache

[ kăsh ]

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