Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hiding place used especially for storing provisions.
  • n. A place for concealment and safekeeping, as of valuables.
  • n. A store of goods or valuables concealed in a hiding place: maintained a cache of food in case of emergencies.
  • n. Computer Science A fast storage buffer in the central processing unit of a computer. Also called cache memory.
  • transitive v. To hide or store in a cache. See Synonyms at hide1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A store of things that may be required in the future, which can be retrieved rapidly, protected or hidden in some way.
  • n. A fast temporary storage where recently or frequently used information is stored to avoid having to reload it from a slower storage medium.
  • n. A container containing treasure in a global treasure-hunt game.
  • v. To place in a cache.
  • v. For the herb in a bowl to be entirely burnt to ashes and therefore having become empty, gone, or useless for further smoking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hole in the ground, or other hiding place, for concealing and preserving provisions which it is inconvenient to carry.
  • n. That which is hidden in a cache{2}; a hoard; a stockpile.
  • n. A form of memory in a computer which has a faster access time than most of main memory, and is usually used to store the most frequently accessed data in main memory during execution of a program.
  • transitive v. To store in a cache{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To conceal, generally by burying in the ground or under a cairn.
  • A Middle English form of catch.
  • n. A place of concealment, especially in the ground or under a cairn.
  • n. A store of provisions or other things deposited in such a place of concealment, for present convenience or for future use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secret store of valuables or money
  • n. (computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics
  • n. a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons)
  • v. save up as for future use

Etymologies

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; see cogent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cache (as used by French Canadian trappers to mean "hiding place for stores"), from the verb cacher. (Wiktionary)

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  • How are ye? '— and you say, ` Is that my good husband?' — and I say ` Yes, '— and you say, ` No can bake good bread, no more soda,' — then say, ` Look in cache, under flour; good-by. '

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  • How are ye? '— and you say,' Is that my good husband? '— and I say' Yes, '— and you say,' No can bake good bread, no more soda, '— then say,' Look in cache, under flour; good-by. '

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  • I hear it more often as kaysh.

    October 13, 2008

  • This one-syllable word is pronounced exactly like the thing it often holds: CASH. It does not mean "prestige" or "distinction"; that's cachet (pronounced kæ-SHAY).

    October 12, 2008