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Definition: cartridge


(1) See phono cartridge and tape 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 take-up reel. See tape cartridge, magnetic tape, magnetic disk and optical disc.




A Lot of Cartridges
Almost all obsolete today, these are most of the tape and disk cartridges (and cassettes) that have come on the scene since the mid-1990s.






ROM Cartridges
Containing a ROM chip, cartridges such as the yellow one (bottom right) are used to hold games and educational programs. See ROM.