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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Magnetic tape is used for cold storage and archives and uses less energy to store data than HDDs. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Some developing nations are also still not prepared for an onslaught of doses, needing more assistance for cold storage, distribution and heath-care staffing. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 McClellan says a vaccine that doesn’t require cold storage would be a boon to less affluent countries, where access to electricity to power refrigeration is spotty or sparse. Emily Mullin, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021 The latter has accumulated a long trail of other wastes—the time and effort of harvesting, the burdens of sorting and transporting, the energy needed for cold storage and display, the money, gasoline, and electricity that bring it to your counter. Patrick Symmes, Bon Appétit, 18 May 2021 The idea was to remove the need for cold storage and extra labor. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Pfizer packages its vaccine in trays of 1,000 doses, which, because of the need for ultra-cold storage, must be all be used within a short period of time once they have been defrosted. Joel M. Zinberg, National Review, 17 Jan. 2021 Compared with Pfizer and Moderna, Sinopharm's vaccines do not require freezing temperatures for storage, making transport and distribution much easier -- especially in developing countries that lack cold storage capacities. Nectar Gan, CNN, 30 Dec. 2020 The 16 sites chosen across the continental United States, Hawaii, and U.S. bases in Germany, Korea, and Japan were chosen based on their capacity for cold storage and the number of high-priority personnel on-site, among other factors. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cold storage

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cold storage was in 1877

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20 Jan 2022

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“Cold storage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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