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Dictionary Definition



1 ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun
2 a light-tight supply chamber holding the film and supplying it for exposure as required [syn: magazine]
3 a module designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment; "he loaded a cartridge of fresh tape into the tape deck"
4 an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable [syn: pickup]

User Contributed Dictionary

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  • (UK): /ˈkɑːtrɪdʒ/, /"kA:trIdZ/
  • (US): , /ˈkɑrtrɪdʒ/, /"kArtrIdZ/


  1. In the context of "firearms": The package consisting of the bullet, primer, and casing containing gunpowder; a round of ammunition.
  2. (A general sense that arose by extension from the sense of firearm cartridge) A prefabricated subassembly that can be easily installed in or removed from a larger mechanism or replaced with another interchangeable subassembly.
  3. A vessel which contains the ink or toner for a computer printer and can be easily replaced with another.
  4. Magnetic tape storage, used for storing (backup) copies of data.
  5. 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".
firearms package
vessel which contains the ink for a computer printer
  • ttbc Thai: ลูกกระสุน กระสุนปืน ตลับ

Extensive Definition

Cartridge can refer to:
cartridge in German: Cartridge
cartridge in Italian: Cartuccia
cartridge in Dutch: Cartridge
cartridge in Norwegian: Patron
cartridge in Russian: Картридж
cartridge in Sicilian: Cartuccia
cartridge in Simple English: Cartridge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Gramophone, PA, PA system, Victrola, audio sound system, audiophile, backing, ball cartridge, bibliofilm, binaural system, bipack, bitch box, black-and-white film, blank cartridge, bullhorn, cartouche, cassette, ceramic pickup, changer, color film, color negative film, crystal pickup, derived four-channel system, disc, discrete four-channel system, dope, dry plate, electrical transcription, emulsion, film, four-channel stereo system, frame, hi-fi, hi-fi fan, high-fidelity, intercom, intercommunication system, jukebox, magnetic pickup, microfilm, monaural system, mono, monochromatic film, motion-picture film, needle, negative, nickelodeon, orthochromatic film, pack, panchromatic film, phonograph, phonograph record, photoelectric pickup, photographic paper, pickup, plate, printing paper, public-address system, quadraphonic sound system, radio-phonograph combination, record, record changer, record player, recording, roll, shell, sound film, sound reproduction system, sound track, sound truck, sound-on-film, soundstripe, squawk box, stereo, stylus, system, tape, tape cartridge, tape cassette, tape deck, tape recorder, tape recording, tone arm, transcription, transcription turntable, tripack, turntable, vehicle, wax, wire recording
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