Definition of Cartridge

1. Noun. Ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun.

Generic synonyms: Ammo, Ammunition
Specialized synonyms: Ball Cartridge, Blank, Blank Shell, Dummy, Cartouch, Cartouche
Terms within: Bullet, Slug

2. Noun. A light-tight supply chamber holding the film and supplying it for exposure as required.
Exact synonyms: Magazine
Group relationships: Camera, Photographic Camera
Generic synonyms: Supply Chamber

3. Noun. A module designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment. "He loaded a cartridge of fresh tape into the tape deck"
Specialized synonyms: Ink Cartridge, Tape Cartridge
Generic synonyms: Module

4. Noun. An electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable.
Exact synonyms: Pickup
Specialized synonyms: Crystal Pickup
Generic synonyms: Electro-acoustic Transducer
Group relationships: Phonograph, Record Player
Terms within: Stylus

Definition of Cartridge

1. n. A complete charge for a firearm, contained in, or held together by, a case, capsule, or shell of metal, pasteboard, or other material.

Definition of Cartridge

1. Noun. (context: firearms) The package consisting of the bullet, primer, and casing containing gunpowder; a round of ammunition. ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) A prefabricated subassembly that can be easily installed in or removed from a larger mechanism or replaced with another interchangeable subassembly. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) A vessel which contains the ink or toner for a computer printer and can be easily replaced with another. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) Magnetic tape storage, used for storing (backup) copies of data. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A small paper package, e.g. in an old book about making printer's type: ''After all the type has been cast: "The Boy will paper up each sort in a '''cartridge''' by itself"''. ¹

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Definition of Cartridge

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cartridge

cartridge (current term)
cartridge belt
cartridge box
cartridge boxes
cartridge clip
cartridge ejector
cartridge extractor
cartridge font
cartridge fuse
cartridge holder
cartridge paper
cartridge pen
cartridge pens
cartridge remover

Literary usage of Cartridge

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The earliest efficient modern cartridge case was the pin-fire, patented, ... Л small percussion cap was placed in the middle of the base of the cartridge, ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1871)
"By means of the cocking device acting on the lock, the cartridge is exploded, and, as soon as the charge is fired, the lock, as the gun is revolved, ..."

3. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer: Comprising Ancient and Modern Military by Thomas Wilhelm (1881)
"cartridge, Bottle. A metallic cartridge, во called from its shape. It contains a larger charge than the ordinary cylindrical cartridge for the same caliber. ..."

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