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Cartridge vs Pen - What's the difference?

cartridge | pen |

As a proper noun cartridge

is .

As a symbol pen is

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(en noun)
  • (firearms) The package consisting of the bullet, primer, and casing containing gunpowder; a round of ammunition ().
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=7 citation , passage=Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane, and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.}}
  • (by extension) A prefabricated subassembly that can be easily installed in or removed from a larger mechanism or replaced with another interchangeable subassembly.
  • (computing) A vessel which contains the ink () for a computer printer and can be easily replaced with another.
  • (computing) Magnetic tape storage, used for storing (backup) copies of data ().
  • * 1983 , Helpline'' (in ''Sinclair User issue 21)
  • The program generates a catalogue of the files on the cartridge selected by the user, reads the catalogue into memory and erases the cartridge copy, so that an up-to-date copy is always generated.
  • (computing) A removable enclosure containing read-only memory devices, used for rapid loading of software onto a home computer or video game console.
  • * 1981 , Communication Outlook (volume 3)
  • We would like to see someone market a low-power, text-to-speech cartridge that would mate with the Epson and use its internal battery pack.
  • * 2002 , Video Game Bible, 1985-2002 (page 180)
  • Nintendo made sure to loudly trumpet all of the advantages of the cartridge format, particularly the greatly reduced loading times and the sturdiness of the cartridges
  • (obsolete) 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" .
  • Derived terms

    {{der3, ball cartridge , bite the cartridge , cartridge bag , cartridge base , cartridge belt , cartridge brass , cartridge box , cartridge case , cartridge clip , cartridge drive , cartridge ejector , cartridge extractor , cartridge-filler , cartridge font , cartridge fuse , cartridge holder , cartridge paper , cartridge pen , cartridge player , cartridge remover , cartridge seal , cartridge-shot , cartridge starter , center-fire cartridge, centre-fire cartridge , cheat cartridge , disk cartridge , DV cartridge , font cartridge , Hatton cartridge , ignition cartridge , ink cartridge , magnetic cartridge , microcartridge , removable cartridge , rim-fire cartridge , shot cartridge , tape cartridge , Travan cartridge , wildcat cartridge , wire cartridge}}



    (wikipedia pen)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . More at pin. Sense “prison” originally figurative extension to enclosure for persons (1845), later influenced by


    (en noun)
  • An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.
  • There are two steers in the third pen .
  • A place to confine a person; a prison cell.
  • They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the pen again.
  • (baseball) The bullpen.
  • Two righties are up in the pen .


  • To enclose in a pen.
  • * Milton
  • Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (Modern English (m)); note the /p/ ? /f/ Germanic sound change. See feather and for more.


    (en noun)
  • A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.
  • He took notes with a pen .
  • (figurative) A writer, or his style.
  • He has a sharp pen .
  • * Fuller
  • those learned pens
  • A light pen.
  • (zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.
  • A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spendser, The Faerie Queene , I.xi:
  • And eke the pennes , that did his pineons bynd, / Were like mayne-yards, with flying canuas lynd, / With which whenas him list the ayre to beat
  • (poetic) A wing.
  • (Milton)
    Derived terms
    * ball pen * ball-point pen * border pen * bull pen * cartridge pen * felt-tip pen * fountain pen * goose pen * lettering pen * pen cancellation * pen feather * pen-mate * penmanship * pen name * pen pal * pen-pusher * poison pen * you don't dip your pen in company ink


  • To write (an article, a book, etc.).
  • Etymology 3

    Origin uncertain.


    (en noun)
  • A female swan.
  • Etymology 4

    Shortned form of penalty


    (en noun)
  • penalty
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