Definitions

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

  • n. Money in the form of bills or coins; currency.
  • n. Payment for goods or services in currency or by check.
  • transitive v. To exchange for or convert into ready money: cash a check; cash in one's gambling chips.
  • cash in To withdraw from a venture by or as if by settling one's account.
  • cash in Informal To obtain a profit or other advantage by timely exploitation: Profiteers cashed in during the gasoline shortage.
  • cash in Slang To die.
  • cash out To dispose of a long-held asset for profit: Hard-pressed farmers are tempted to cash out by selling their valuable land.
  • idiom cash on the barrelhead Immediate payment: You must pay cash on the barrelhead; we don't offer credit.
  • n. Any of various Asian coins of small denomination, especially a copper and lead coin with a square hole in its center.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Money in the form of notes/bills and coins, as opposed to cheques/checks or electronic transactions.
  • n. Money.
  • n. Cash register.
  • v. To exchange (a check/cheque) for money in the form of notes/bills.
  • v. To obtain a payout from a tournament.
  • n. Any of several low-denomination coins of India or China, especially the Chinese copper coin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place where money is kept, or where it is deposited and paid out; a money box.
  • n.
  • n. Ready money; especially, coin or specie; but also applied to bank notes, drafts, bonds, or any paper easily convertible into money.
  • n. Immediate or prompt payment in current funds.
  • transitive v. To pay, or to receive, cash for; to exchange for money.
  • transitive v. To disband.
  • n. A Chinese coin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To discard; disband; cashier.
  • n. Disbandment.
  • n. A receptacle for money; a money-box.
  • n. Money; primarily, ready money; money on hand or at command.
  • n. Money in hand; actual money, as distinguished from other property. Synonyms See money.
  • To turn into money, or to exchange for money: as, to cash a note or an order.
  • To pay money for: as, the paying teller of a bank cashes notes when presented.
  • n. The name given by foreigners to the only coin in use among the Chinese, and called by them tsien (pronounced chen).
  • n. The name sometimes given by foreigners to a li (pronounced lē), or thousandth part of a Chinese liang or ounce.
  • n. A copper coin used for currency in Madras under the East India Company.
  • n. A coin of Pondicherry, having a value of one third of a cent.
  • n. A money of account in Sumatra, worth about 3 cents.
  • n. A prehistoric wooden road, resembling an American plankroad, or corduroy road.
  • n. In coalmining, soft shale or bind.
  • n. An abbreviation of cashier.

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

  • n. money in the form of bills or coins
  • v. exchange for cash
  • n. prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check
  • n. United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003)

Etymologies

Obsolete French casse, money box (from Norman French; see case2) or from Italian cassa (from Latin capsa, case).
Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kācu, a small coin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French caisse ("money box"), from Old Provençal caissa, from Old Italian cassa, from Latin capsa ("box, case"), from capio ("I take, I seize, I receive"), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to grasp”). (Wiktionary)
From Tamil காசு (kāsu). (Wiktionary)

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  • The Company uses the term "cash operating income" as an important measure of profitability and performance.

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  • One such occasion appears to have been on June 19, 1898, when the recently appointed Durrani postmaster, Mirza Khalifa Ji Khan, went to the Peshawar Treasury to collect Rs. 5,58,954 in cash from the subsidy account. 42 In this instance, a quarrel broke out between the Durrani postmaster and his entourage, and British officials and their staffs, regarding the exact form of the coinage's packing in bags and boxes.

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  • The work proves the feasibility of "pharmaceuticals from livestock," says Karl Ebert of Tufts University veterinary school -- and gives new meaning to the term cash cow.

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  • Off the books and in cash is how those with no SSN get paid, maybe on the books and by check if they have an SSN.

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  • from Sanskrit karsa, a weight of gold or silver but akin to Old Persian karsha-, a weight. a unit of value equivalent to one cash coin. Many words used for money come from weight, i.e. talent, pound, etc. Is this another case of that?

    August 30, 2009

  • A kind of cow?

    April 25, 2008