|1.||a cylindrical, usually metal casing containing an explosive charge and often a bullet, for a rifle or other small arms|
|2.||a case for an explosive, such as a blasting charge|
|3.||an electromechanical transducer in the pick-up of a record player, usually either containing a piezoelectric crystal (crystal cartridge) or an electromagnet (magnetic cartridge)|
|4.||a container for magnetic tape that is inserted into a tape deck in audio or video systems. It is about four times the size of a cassette|
|5.||photog cassette, Also called: magazine a light-tight film container that enables a camera to be loaded and unloaded in normal light|
|6.||computing a removable unit in a printer which contains black or coloured ink|
|7.||computing a removable unit in a computer, such as an integrated circuit, containing software|
|[C16: from earlier cartage, variant of |
in weaponry, unit of small-arms ammunition, composed of a metal (usually brass) case, a propellant charge, a projectile or bullet, and a primer. The first cartridges, appearing in the second half of the 16th century, consisted merely of charges of powder wrapped in paper; the ball was loaded separately. During the next century, methods of including the ball with the powder were devised. In muzzle-loading a musket, the soldier bit off the end of the paper cartridge, poured a small amount of the powder into the firing pan, poured the rest down the barrel, and rammed the ball and paper down after it.
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