out·​age | \ˈau̇-tij \

Definition of outage 

1 : a quantity or bulk of something lost in transportation or storage

2a : a failure or interruption in use or functioning

b : a period of interruption especially of electric current

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McCoy said the company understands how frustrating power outages are and that workers were working around the clock to fix them. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Storms cause thousands of power outages in Northwest Indiana," 5 July 2018 Your plan should also have a communications protocol with employees and customers in the event of power outages. Steven A. Wolf, miamiherald, "Prepare for the aftermath of hurricane season," 29 June 2018 According to Down Detector, there have been over 11,000 reports of Comcast outages since 12:30PM ET. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Comcast is experiencing a nationwide outage," 29 June 2018 Besides regulatory restrictions on filling Aliso Canyon up to capacity, a number of pipeline outages have also kept the amount of natural gas in the Southern California area low. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In California, natural gas availability still an issue 3 years after major leak," 10 June 2018 About one-third of the deaths were attributed to delays or interruptions in health care, which in many cases was a result of widespread power outages across the island for weeks and months after the storm knocked out 80 percent of the island’s grid. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Stunning new Hurricane Maria death toll confirms Puerto Rico’s devastating losses after the storm," 30 May 2018 New Milford, Oxford and Roxbury ,nearby towns also hit hard by the storm earlier this month, reported minimal power outages Sunday. Bill Leukhardt, courant.com, "Widespread Power Outage Hits Southbury, Other Towns Recovering From 5/15 Storm," 27 May 2018 The average number of outages fell nearly 20 percent compared with the previous low set in 2014. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "BGE customers will see a decrease of $11 per month," 16 May 2018 Apple has reported outages for the iTunes Store, the App Store and other systems after customers reported receiving error messages. Mahita Gajanan, Fortune, "This iTunes Store Error Message Suddenly Started Plaguing Apple iOS Users Worldwide," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of outage

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outage

: a period of time when there is no electricity in a building or area

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