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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cachenoun

    a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons)

  2. hoard, cache, stashnoun

    a secret store of valuables or money

  3. cache, memory cacheverb

    (computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics

  4. hoard, stash, cache, lay away, hive up, squirrel awayverb

    save up as for future use


  1. cachenoun

    That which is hidden in a cache; a hoard; a stockpile.

    Etymology: [F., a hiding place, fr. cacher to conceal, to hide.]

  2. cachenoun

    (Computers) A form of memory in a computer which has a faster access time than most of main memory, and is usually used to store the most frequently accessed data in main memory during execution of a program.

    Etymology: [F., a hiding place, fr. cacher to conceal, to hide.]

  3. cacheverb

    To store in a cache.


  1. cachenoun

    A store of things that may be required in the future, which can be retrieved rapidly, protected or hidden in some way.

    Members of the 29-man Discovery team laid down food caches to allow the polar team to travel light, hopping from food cache to food cache on their return journey.

  2. cachenoun

    A fast temporary storage where recently- or frequently-used information is stored to avoid having to reload it from a slower storage medium.

  3. cachenoun

    A container containing treasure in a global treasure-hunt game.

  4. cacheverb

    To place in a cache.

  5. cacheverb

    For the herb in a bowl to be entirely burnt to ashes and therefore having become empty, gone, or useless for further smoking

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cachenoun

    a hole in the ground, or hiding place, for concealing and preserving provisions which it is inconvenient to carry

    Etymology: [F., a hiding place, fr. cacher to conceal, to hide.]


  1. Cache

    In computer science, a cache is a component that transparently stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster. The data that is stored within a cache might be values that have been computed earlier or duplicates of original values that are stored elsewhere. If requested data is contained in the cache, this request can be served by simply reading the cache, which is comparatively faster. Otherwise, the data has to be recomputed or fetched from its original storage location, which is comparatively slower. Hence, the greater the number of requests that can be served from the cache, the faster the overall system performance becomes. To be cost efficient and to enable an efficient use of data, caches are relatively small. Nevertheless, caches have proven themselves in many areas of computing because access patterns in typical computer applications have locality of reference. References exhibit temporal locality if data is requested again that has been recently requested already. References exhibit spatial locality if data is requested that is physically stored close to data that has been requested already.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cache

    kash, n. a hiding-place for treasure, for stores of provisions, ammunition, &c.: the stores themselves so hidden.—v.t. to hide anything.—n. Cache′pot, an ornamental flower-pot enclosing a common one of earthenware. [Fr. cacher, to hide.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cache

    name given in Canada to a hole in the ground for hiding provisions when they prove cumbersome to carry.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. cache

    A source of subsistence and supplies, typically containing items such as food, water, medical items, and/or communications equipment, packaged to prevent damage from exposure and hidden in isolated locations by such methods as burial, concealment, and/or submersion, to support isolated personnel. See also concealment; evader; evasion; recovery; recovery operations.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cache

    A hidden reservoir of provision (to secure it from bears) in Arctic travel. Also, a deposit of despatches, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cache

    A hidden reservoir of provision (to secure it from bears) in Arctic travel. Also, a deposit of dispatches, etc.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cache in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cache in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cache in a Sentence

  1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom:

    We're working with Bloom Energy and others to convert that cache of 514 ventilators that we had, to refurbish them and to get them fully operational.

  2. Alghassim Khamiss:

    We have counted six (dead) terrorists and five police officers during the police operation on this compound that we had learned was an arms cache.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The noise hides the silence. It does not destroy the silence. (Le bruit cache le silence. - Il ne détruit le silence.)

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Behind anger, is hidden the cemetery. (Derrière la colère, - Se cache le cimetière.)

  5. Donald Tzvi Ariel:

    It seems that some thought went into collecting the coins, and it is possible that the person who buried the cache was a coin collector, he acted in just the same way as stamp and coin collectors manage collections today.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. tenebrous
    • C. ostensive
    • D. tantamount

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