- A secret cubbyhole inside a closet is an example of a cache.
- A cave used by explorers to hide supplies is an example of a cache.
- a place in which stores of food, supplies, etc. are hidden, as by explorers or trappers
- a safe place for hiding or storing things
- anything stored or hidden in such a place
- Comput. a storage area or portion of memory variously designed to store program instructions, copies of recently or frequently accessed Web pages, etc. for faster retrieval
Origin of cacheFrench from cacher, conceal from Vulgar Latin an unverified form coacticare, store up, collect, compress from Classical Latin coactare, constrain from coactus, past participle of cogere, to collect: see cogent
transitive verbcached, cach′ing
- a. An amount of goods or valuables, especially when kept in a concealed or hard-to-reach place: maintained a cache of food in case of emergencies.b. The concealed or hard-to-reach place used for storing a cache.
- A fast storage buffer in the central processing unit of a computer. Also called cache memory .
transitive verbcached, cach·ing, cach·es
Origin of cacheFrench from Middle French from cacher to hide from Old French from Vulgar Latin coācticāre to store, pack together frequentative of Latin coāctāre to constrain frequentative of cōgere, coāct- to force ; see cogent.
- 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.
- (computing) A fast temporary storage where recently or frequently used information is stored to avoid having to reload it from a slower storage medium.
- (geocaching) A container containing treasure in a global treasure-hunt game.
(third-person singular simple present caches, present participle caching, simple past and past participle cached)
- To place in a cache.
- (Marijuana smoking) For the herb in a bowl to be entirely burnt to ashes and therefore having become empty, gone, or useless for further smoking
cache - Computer Definition
To store data in a faster storage system or a storage system closer to the usage of the data. Processor caches store data from (slower) main memory on special chip cache memory, where it can be accessed and reused much more efficiently. Web files can be cached for later use and thus save time for the user. A cache can be implemented at the user’s ISP and at the user’s local machine.
See Also: Internet Service Provider (ISP).
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(2) Reserved areas of memory in every computer that are used to speed up instruction execution, data retrieval and data updating. Pronounced "cash," they serve as staging areas, and their contents are constantly changing. There are two kinds: memory caches and disk caches.