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1. an electromechanical transducer in the pick-up of a record player, usually either containing a piezoelectric crystal (crystal cartridge) or an electromagnet (magnetic cartridge)
2. 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
3. Photog a light-tight film container that enables a camera to be loaded and unloaded in normal light
4. Computing a removable unit in a computer, such as an integrated circuit, containing software



a bullet (shell), powder (combat) charge, and percussion cap or primer cup, all of which are connected into a single unit by means of a case.

Cartridges are used in the firing of rifles and certain artillery guns. The first cartridges, which appeared in the 17th century, had paper casings, which held the powder charge and bullet. In the 1860’s there appeared complete paper cartridges, which held the powder charge, bullet, and percussion cap inside the case. Paper cartridges were soon replaced by all-metal cartridges. The use of cartridges, particularly metal ones, speeded up the loading and reloading of guns and significantly increased the maximum rate of fire. Present-day cartridges may be classified, depending on the type of weapon, as pistol, rifle, gun, and hunting-rifle cartridges. They may also be classified as combat, auxiliary (blank), and training cartridges.


(computer science)
A self-contained module that contains disks, magnetic tape, or integrated circuits for storing data.
A cylindrical, waterproof, paper shell filled with high explosive and closed at both ends; used in blasting.
(engineering acoustics)
(graphic arts)
A container designed to hold microforms to be inserted into a reader, a reader-printer, or a retrieval device; when used for roll microfilm, it is a single-core device.
An assemblage of the components required to function a weapon once.
Ammunition for a gun which contains in a unit assembly all components required to function the gun once, and which is loaded into the gun in one operation.


1. An ornamental tablet often inscribed or decorated, and framed with elaborate scroll-like carving.
2. A modillion of curved form.
3. In Egyptian hieroglyphics and derivatives, a frame around the Pharaoh’s name.


(1) See phono cartridge.

(2) A removable storage module that contains magnetic disks, optical discs, magnetic tape or memory chips. Cartridges are inserted into slots in the drive, printer or computer. Cartridges typically contain one reel of tape or one disk platter, while cassettes are for tape only and have a supply and takeup reel. Very often, tape cassettes are called cartridges. For a summary of removable tape, disk and optical cartridges, see magnetic tape, magnetic disk and optical disc.

A Lot of Cartridges
These are most of the tape and disk cartridges (as well as cassettes) that have come on the scene since the mid-1990s.
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