Cache meaning

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The definition of a cache is a safe place for hiding things.

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.

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A place in which stores of food, supplies, etc. are hidden, as by explorers or trappers.
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A fast storage buffer in the central processing unit of a computer.
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A safe place for hiding or storing things.
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To hide or store in a cache.
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Anything stored or hidden in such a place.
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A storage area or portion of memory variously designed to store program instructions, copies of recently or frequently accessed webpages, etc. for faster retrieval.
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To hide or store in a cache.
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An area of computer memory devoted to the high-speed retrieval of frequently used or requested data.
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(1) To store data locally in order to speed up subsequent retrievals. Pronounced "cash." See Web cache and browser cache.
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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. Crucial Marketing. Caching. [Online, 2004.] Crucial Marketing Website. http://www.marketingterms.com/dictionary/caching/.
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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.

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(computing) A fast temporary storage where recently or frequently used information is stored to avoid having to reload it from a slower storage medium.
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(geocaching) A container containing treasure in a global treasure-hunt game.
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To place in a cache.
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(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.
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Origin of cache

  • French from cacher to hide from Old French to press, hide from Vulgar Latin coācticāre to store, pack together frequentative of Latin coāctāre to constrain from coāctus past participle of cōgere to force cogent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cache (as used by French Canadian trappers to mean "hiding place for stores"), from the verb cacher.

    From Wiktionary