Definition of cache in English:

cache

noun

  • 1A collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place:

    ‘an arms cache’
    ‘a cache of gold coins’
    • ‘To replace them, the epidermis relies on a cache of stem cells stored near the epidermal-dermal border.’
    • ‘The stakes are raised when they find a suspicious cache of gold.’
    • ‘Yes, since it can't find either small coin caches or large buried treasures, it performs equally well for each task.’
    • ‘I think there must be caches of arms, and there must be people that have been out there planning for this for some time.’
    • ‘In addition to the town structures, outlying areas contain arms caches, mine fields and even a mass grave site.’
    • ‘Why can't they control the enormous caches of captured arms around the country?’
    • ‘On these photos are bright spots - they call them ‘flashes’ - that are supposed to represent huge caches of gold.’
    • ‘No cache of arms has been found, no plans for future malevolence.’
    • ‘Perhaps you are expected to have a hidden cache of gold when you come to the country, but I assume you do not.’
    • ‘The pro-democracy groups took to firebombings, and arms caches were found.’
    • ‘In addition to the arrests, caches of arms have also been seized.’
    • ‘It was armed with a cache of stuffed animals and sparkles with the intent of staging a mock siege of the fenced-in leaders.’
    • ‘The press, initially lulled into thinking collectively that some hidden cache of wonder lay beneath the claims, has finally recognized it has been conned.’
    • ‘They discovered and blew up arms caches in place.’
    • ‘Tales of lost caches of Spanish gold and silver abounded in the area as fishermen, who could have gathered a share of the sea's bounty and buried it, met death prematurely at sea without sharing their secret with relatives or friends.’
    • ‘The convenient answer was that it only worked on large caches of gold.’
    • ‘One officer was injured, and police recovered a large cache of arms from the rebels, the official said.’
    • ‘Birds with a history of stealing other birds' food stores, or caches, were particularly careful to create their own cache in privacy - the thief recognizes his food could be stolen in the future.’
    • ‘What's more, the house had a cache of hidden rooms from which one could access ever-grander aspects of it, including a movie theater.’
    • ‘A cache of arms was found at the gate but it lay unused and abandoned after the guards fled.’
    hoard, store, stockpile, stock, supply, collection, accumulation, reserve, fund
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    1. 1.1 A hidden or inaccessible storage place for valuables, provisions, or ammunition:
      ‘there was a good supply of meat in the caches’
      • ‘Unlike many woodland food hoarders, chickadees don't put most of their provisions in large caches.’
      • ‘The raids killed or captured paramilitary forces and captured a number of large arms and ammunition in caches.’
      • ‘For years the Dawson cabin was just that, a cabin and an elevated storage cache.’
      • ‘In terrestrial environments, the storage of food in caches or hoards similarly results in valuable patches that can benefit the owner but potentially can be pilfered.’
      • ‘Hulbert had been right in his assumption that this had been an ancient storage pit or cache.’
      • ‘These rock caches are where the people cached their meat.’
      • ‘One successful approach to improving performance is the use of storage network management devices that add a layer of cache in front of storage.’
      hiding place, storage place, secret place, hole
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    2. 1.2Computing An auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible:
      [as modifier] ‘typical cache sizes range from 64K to 256K’
      • ‘The cache transmits the address of the cache block as a write transaction on an interface to the cache, and the cache captures the address from the interface and reads the cache block from the cache memory in response to the address.’
      • ‘It is also the amount of cache memory rather than the memory bandwidth that determines the speed of the system in popular games.’
      • ‘Still, there are ways of squeezing more performance out of a disk drive with a larger cache memory.’
      • ‘To date, chip designers have focused on connecting processors to cache memory to counter the latency of the system bus.’
      • ‘A similar argument can be applied to copies in the cache memory of computers.’
      memory bank, store, disk, ram, rom
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Store away in hiding or for future use:

    ‘he decided that they must cache their weapons’
    • ‘For hoarding to evolve, the individual that caches an item must have a greater probability of recovering that item than any other animal.’
    • ‘As we were able to capture information, we cached the articles and provided a link to the article on our home page.’
    • ‘We cache alcohol around bases like so many weapons of mass destruction.’
    • ‘Do you want to post this straight away, or just cache it for later?’
    • ‘My climbing partners cached their packs a short distance away.’
    • ‘Agoutis feed on some of the seeds immediately and cache others for future consumption; uneaten seeds germinate about a year later.’
    • ‘Flickers and bluebirds seek them out for nesting cavities and red squirrels eagerly cache the high-energy pine cones.’
    • ‘Because of the overwhelming (yet disquieting) response to my plea for questions, I will be caching them and answering a few each day.’
    • ‘One of most important and satisfying factoids I have ever learned is that while squirrels may cache fifty pounds of nuts in a year that half are lost to the squirrel because they forget where they put them.’
    • ‘Squirrels cached artificial acorns with pericarps of red oak acorns and ate those with shells of white oak regardless of the internal chemical composition of either type of acorn.’
    • ‘To reach the place where we had cached our climbing equipment the previous day, we took a narrow trail in the dark night, up through a mile of glacial rubble and silt.’
    • ‘That's why they cached some gear with the Inuit on Baffin's east coast.’
    • ‘They cache extra acorns in holes in the ground, and pound on hard nuts with their bills to break them open.’
    • ‘They forage on the ground and in trees, caching much of the food they find and retrieving it later.’
    • ‘It has also cached itself away from the high in-country costs associated with Europe.’
    • ‘Salmon she has skinned and dried disappear and it seems the bear caches them in his body.’
    store, stow, pack, load, cache, garner, hide, conceal, secrete
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    1. 1.1Computing Store (data) in a cache memory:
      ‘the operating system tries to cache every disk operation’
      • ‘Since http traffic can be cached there was a chance another user could see the details submitted, he added.’
      • ‘The requesting node will cache downloads temporarily, although the mechanism by which locally cached data will be purged or randomized once the download is complete is not clear to us.’
      • ‘For large RAM systems, however, the operating system tries to cache every disk operation.’
      • ‘The suspension follows reports that the software was caching sensitive content, such as user control panels to online forums.’
      • ‘Asynchronous mirroring caches the second data set, writing it to the secondary server without waiting to confirm with the primary.’
    2. 1.2Computing Provide (hardware) with a cache memory:
      ‘the device comes complete with 4MB of RAM to cache the hard drive’
      ‘a cached host adapter’
      • ‘You told the system how much memory to use to cache the hard drive, and that memory couldn't be used for any other purpose.’
      • ‘I've often wished for something similar, actually - my OS has been using spare RAM to cache the hard drive since the year dot, why not use spare hard drive to cache the CD/DVD drive as well?’
      • ‘It caches components, providing a bigger speed boost than that from simple templates.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, from cacher to hide.

Pronunciation:

cache

/kaʃ/