Definition of cache in US English:



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

    ‘an arms cache’
    ‘a cache of gold coins’
    • ‘Yes, since it can't find either small coin caches or large buried treasures, it performs equally well for each task.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps you are expected to have a hidden cache of gold when you come to the country, but I assume you do not.’
    • ‘A cache of arms was found at the gate but it lay unused and abandoned after the guards fled.’
    • ‘The stakes are raised when they find a suspicious cache of gold.’
    • ‘In addition to the town structures, outlying areas contain arms caches, mine fields and even a mass grave site.’
    • ‘It was armed with a cache of stuffed animals and sparkles with the intent of staging a mock siege of the fenced-in leaders.’
    • ‘No cache of arms has been found, no plans for future malevolence.’
    • ‘Why can't they control the enormous caches of captured arms around the country?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They discovered and blew up arms caches in place.’
    • ‘The press, initially lulled into thinking collectively that some hidden cache of wonder lay beneath the claims, has finally recognized it has been conned.’
    • ‘The pro-democracy groups took to firebombings, and arms caches were found.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To replace them, the epidermis relies on a cache of stem cells stored near the epidermal-dermal border.’
    • ‘I think there must be caches of arms, and there must be people that have been out there planning for this for some time.’
    • ‘One officer was injured, and police recovered a large cache of arms from the rebels, the official said.’
    • ‘On these photos are bright spots - they call them ‘flashes’ - that are supposed to represent huge caches of gold.’
    • ‘In addition to the arrests, caches of arms have also been seized.’
    • ‘The convenient answer was that it only worked on large caches of gold.’
    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.
      • ‘One successful approach to improving performance is the use of storage network management devices that add a layer of cache in front of storage.’
      • ‘These rock caches are where the people cached their meat.’
      • ‘Hulbert had been right in his assumption that this had been an ancient storage pit or 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.’
      • ‘For years the Dawson cabin was just that, a cabin and an elevated storage cache.’
      • ‘The raids killed or captured paramilitary forces and captured a number of large arms and ammunition in caches.’
      • ‘Unlike many woodland food hoarders, chickadees don't put most of their provisions in large caches.’
      hiding place, storage place, secret place, hole
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    2. 1.2Computing An auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A similar argument can be applied to copies in the cache memory of computers.’
      • ‘It is also the amount of cache memory rather than the memory bandwidth that determines the speed of the system in popular games.’
      • ‘To date, chip designers have focused on connecting processors to cache memory to counter the latency of the system bus.’
      • ‘Still, there are ways of squeezing more performance out of a disk drive with a larger cache memory.’
      memory bank, store, disk, ram, rom
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[with object]
  • 1Store away in hiding or for future use.

    • ‘Salmon she has skinned and dried disappear and it seems the bear caches them in his body.’
    • ‘My climbing partners cached their packs a short distance away.’
    • ‘Because of the overwhelming (yet disquieting) response to my plea for questions, I will be caching them and answering a few each day.’
    • ‘They cache extra acorns in holes in the ground, and pound on hard nuts with their bills to break them open.’
    • ‘We cache alcohol around bases like so many weapons of mass destruction.’
    • ‘It has also cached itself away from the high in-country costs associated with Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flickers and bluebirds seek them out for nesting cavities and red squirrels eagerly cache the high-energy pine cones.’
    • ‘That's why they cached some gear with the Inuit on Baffin's east coast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Agoutis feed on some of the seeds immediately and cache others for future consumption; uneaten seeds germinate about a year later.’
    • ‘For hoarding to evolve, the individual that caches an item must have a greater probability of recovering that item than any other animal.’
    • ‘They forage on the ground and in trees, caching much of the food they find and retrieving it later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we were able to capture information, we cached the articles and provided a link to the article on our home page.’
    • ‘Do you want to post this straight away, or just cache it for later?’
    store, stow, pack, load, cache, garner, hide, conceal, secrete
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    1. 1.1Computing Store (data) in a cache memory.
      • ‘Asynchronous mirroring caches the second data set, writing it to the secondary server without waiting to confirm with the primary.’
      • ‘The suspension follows reports that the software was caching sensitive content, such as user control panels to online forums.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since http traffic can be cached there was a chance another user could see the details submitted, he added.’
    2. 1.2Computing Provide (hardware) with a cache memory.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It caches components, providing a bigger speed boost than that from simple templates.’
      • ‘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?’


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