cold storage


Definition of cold storage 

1 : storage (as of food) in a cold place for preservation

2 : a condition of being held or continued without being acted on : abeyance

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Examples of cold storage in a Sentence

food that has been taken out of cold storage the president's domestic programs had been in cold storage while he attended to a string of international crises

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When the museum vacated the warehouse, the building was transformed into a cold storage unit, and aluminum insulation panels covered the mural in 1989. Annalisa Quinn, New York Times, "Keith Haring Mural in Amsterdam Is Uncovered After Nearly 30 Years," 26 June 2018 More cheese is in cold storage in the U.S. than any time since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began keeping track in 1917. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Take Our Cheese, Please: American Cheese Makers Suffer Under New Tariffs," 5 July 2018 Amazon could quickly apply its order-fulfillment and distribution capabilities to pills, which usually don’t need special handling like cold storage. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Amazon’s Pharmacy Deal Threatens Retail Drugstores," 29 June 2018 And when the techs conclude that Kohana is malfunctioning and relegate her to cold storage, Akecheta has absolutely no idea that the dark, sterile labs under Westworld even exist. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: Take My Heart When You Go," 11 June 2018 Coinrail’s statement said officials took the exchange offline and moved the remainder of its assets to cold storage as officials review the security system and work with law enforcement to investigate what happened. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin prices continue to fall as yet another exchange reports a breach," 11 June 2018 The owners also plan to renovate an existing 3,200-square-foot shed for cold storage and produce and grain processing, according to their business plan. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owners hope to open farm-to-table restaurant and craft brewery in Germantown this summer," 13 Feb. 2018 Producers are hoping that cold storage of whole hens, which is actually up 16% from last year, will cover the gap come Thanksgiving and Christmas. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Thanksgiving Might Be Ruined Thanks to Bird Flu," 5 May 2015 In 2016, Google moved its Chicago employees into space in a former 10-story cold storage building. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "McDonald's opens new HQ in Chicago, a space company hopes will help it stay relevant," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of cold storage

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cold storage

: the state of being kept in a cold place for later use

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