Definition of outage
1 : a quantity or bulk of something lost in transportation or storage
2a : a failure or interruption in use or functioningb : a period of interruption especially of electric current
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The sun probably poses a greater risk of a sustained outage than hackers or saboteurs.
Penn Station is North America’s busiest train station, and it’s been plagued by problems in recent months, including two previous derailments, a power outage, and signal problems.
Strong winds caused numerous power outages, and severe flooding occurred with 5-inch rainfall totals.
A power outage has forced the cancellation of court hearings Thursday at the Juvenile Justice Center in Kansas City.
Bham area outages hover near 100; 60 in Tuscaloosa and 40 in Anniston.
Tropical storms add complications above and beyond rainfall: Power outages can knock out sewer stations, weather conditions can keep repair crews from addressing problems and storm surges pose an additional risk of contamination.
Nevertheless, Luna quickly received a service outage, and found one of his cables had been cut.
In case of a power outage, have another way to charge your phone like an extra battery, car charger or device-charging accessory.
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Definition of outage for English Language Learners
: a period of time when there is no electricity in a building or area
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