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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: cartage 'cartridge' (16-17 centuries), from French cartouche 'gun cartridge with a paper case', from Italian cartoccio, from carta; CARD1

cartridge

noun
     
car‧tridge [countable]
1TD a small container or piece of equipment that you put inside something to make it work:
computer game cartridges
an ink cartridge for a printer
2PMW a tube containing explosive powder and a bullet that you put in a gun [= shell]
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