- Also called cartouche. a cylindrical case of pasteboard, metal, or the like, for holding a complete charge of powder, and often also the bullet or the shot for a rifle, machine gun, or other small arm.
- a case containing any explosive charge, as for blasting.
- any small container for powder, liquid, or gas, made for ready insertion into some device or mechanism: an ink cartridge for a pen.
- Also called magazine. Photography. a lightproof metal or plastic container for a roll of film, usually containing both the supply and take-up spools, as well as a pressure plate, for rapid loading without the necessity of threading the film.
- Audio. pickup(def 8).
- a flat, compact container enclosing an endless loop of audiotape, operated by inserting into a slot in a player.
Origin of cartridge
Examples from the Web for cartridge
He writes that he discovered thousands of cartridge casings on the barricades, apparently fired from the police squads.The Battle for Kiev Begins
February 18, 2014
A cartridge for white smoke is waiting if the vote proves decisive.With Pope Benedict XVI’s Retirement, Conclave Rules Prove Unclear
February 12, 2013
If you have a horse and a gun and a cartridge, it is not so bad.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
He was reluctant to exhaust a cartridge unless it was an absolute necessity.The Fiery Totem
"Come to," laughed Simmons, sending a cartridge home with his thumb.Soldiers Three, Part II.
But Lennon thrust his rifle through the back of his cartridge belt.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
Alfred walked over and stuck him in the throat to save a cartridge.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
- a cylindrical, usually metal casing containing an explosive charge and often a bullet, for a rifle or other small arms
- a case for an explosive, such as a blasting charge
- an electromechanical transducer in the pick-up of a record player, usually either containing a piezoelectric crystal (crystal cartridge) or an electromagnet (magnetic cartridge)
- a container for magnetic tape that is inserted into a tape deck in audio or video systems. It is about four times the size of a cassette
- Also called: cassette, magazine photog a light-tight film container that enables a camera to be loaded and unloaded in normal light
- computing a removable unit in a printer which contains black or coloured ink
- computing a removable unit in a computer, such as an integrated circuit, containing software
Word Origin and History for cartridge
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.