Definition of cartridge in English:



  • 1A container holding a spool of photographic film, a quantity of ink, etc., designed for insertion into a mechanism.

    • ‘Cassette doors can break off, spring mechanisms inside cartridges can be dislodged, or the entire tape cabinet may break apart.’
    • ‘When she went in her box to get the cartridge of film, she saw another roll.’
    • ‘The cartridges contain a cleaning fluid used in the clean and charge centre on an electric razor.’
    • ‘Re-manufactured laser cartridges contain high quality components and toners which yield outstanding results for printing so print quality is of a very high standard.’
    • ‘What is the potential impact of not being able to recover data from a tape cartridge that contains critical data?’
    • ‘The packaging apparatus is relatively simple in structure because it has no mechanisms for rotating the film cartridge and the case.’
    • ‘The activated charcoal is normally packaged in filter cartridges that are inserted into the purification device.’
    • ‘Larkin said he originally designed the cartridge using flash memory, but was concerned about the limited times the memory could be written and rewritten.’
    • ‘Because the ribbon, unlike an ink cartridge, is designed to print a fixed number of images, you know your costs in advance.’
    • ‘Both these articles mention the possibility of refueling on the fly: inserting a new cartridge of fuel into the fuel cell without needing to power down your laptop or PDA.’
    • ‘The ink cartridges were not designed to be refilled; anyone who chooses to use a refill kit also runs the risk of damaging the cartridge in the process.’
    • ‘I duct taped the overflow drain on the sink, and inserted a CO2 cartridge into the drain cleaning unit.’
    • ‘In the late 1990s, multiple tape cartridges were required to contain the contents of a single disk drive.’
    • ‘The proper respirator with a cartridge designed to filter lead should be worn when stripping, sanding, or scraping.’
    • ‘The game cartridges you bought contained the exact same ROM-chips found in the arcade versions.’
    • ‘He was loading cartridges, rolling the film on and flicking them out rather quickly.’
    • ‘This includes a cartridge containing methanol that is diluted to a 20 percent to 30 percent concentration to produce power in the fuel cell.’
    • ‘Super8 film cartridges are available from good photographic stores for about £12 which thankfully includes processing.’
    • ‘They would grill engineers about toner cartridges and design.’
    • ‘While third party suppliers claimed that these chips made it difficult to supply replacement cartridges, the EU ruling was designed to make cartridges easier to recycle.’
    cassette, magazine, cylinder, canister, container, capsule, case, pack, packet, package
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    1. 1.1 A casing containing a charge and a bullet or shot for small arms or an explosive charge for blasting.
      • ‘The more unusual ways of scattering ashes include packing them into fireworks which are then fired into the sky and putting ashes in shotgun cartridges to be blasted away.’
      • ‘Several spent cartridges and bullets were found outside and inside the premises.’
      • ‘Other ways exist to link cartridges and bullets to a specific weapon.’
      • ‘Dante gripped the bullet cartridge and yanked it out.’
      • ‘The hand gun carried by the first man was a Webley revolver adapted to fire shot gun cartridges.’
      • ‘Examine your shells and cartridges closely and use only the precise caliber or gauge for your specific firearm.’
      • ‘Police found bullets and spent cartridges at the scene and believe a 9mm automatic pistol was used.’
      • ‘She said authorities also found in the car automatic rifles, bullet cartridges, plastic explosives and other materials.’
      • ‘We found some bullets and a shotgun cartridge within a jam jar, which was inside the bag.’
      • ‘There were bullets and laser cartridges in the crate.’
      • ‘Kyle cursed himself as he fumbled with bullets and cartridges.’
      • ‘Among the ammunition were shotgun cartridges and dum-dum bullets.’
      • ‘There was no mention of the shot gun cartridges.’
      • ‘Soldiers gripped the ball end in their teeth and tore it off the top of the cartridge; the charge was then poured, the paper used as a wad to pack it down, and the ball seated on top with the ramrod.’
      • ‘The honest concern is about airborne lead ejected by the primer and bullet when a cartridge is fired.’
      • ‘This feature prevents damage to bullet noses as the cartridge is chambered.’
      • ‘Examine the unfired cartridge and if the bullet is still where it started out, all is well.’
      • ‘For the first couple of weeks I dug up nothing but shot gun cartridges and buttons and then I found a Charles I shilling and I was hooked.’
      • ‘He has admitted possessing 298 9mm bullet cartridges without a firearm certificate.’
      • ‘Sarai picked it up and emptied the bullets from the cartridge.’
      bullet, round, shell, charge, shot, casing
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    2. 1.2 A component carrying the stylus on the pickup head of a record player.


Late 16th century: from French cartouche (feminine noun), from Italian cartoccio (see cartouche).