out·​age | \ ˈau̇-tij How to pronounce outage (audio) \

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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Fort Worth Police said in a tweet around 11 a.m. that the outage was affecting customers in Northwest Fort Worth. Dallas News, "AT&T 911 service restored in affected parts of Tarrant County," 9 July 2019 The biggest outages were in Bridgeport, East Haven, Hamden, New Haven and Westport. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Powerful storms Saturday night rip through southern Connecticut, knocking down trees, power lines," 30 June 2019 If anything, the checkout register outages at Target stores over the weekend were a reminder that point-of-sale machines aren’t foolproof, and nothing beats cash when technology fails. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "What's the future for cash? Target register outages prove physical loot still has its place," 19 June 2019 The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, nola.com, "Target says stores back online; was not a data breach," 15 June 2019 The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours. CBS News, "Target stores experience outages nationwide, causing reports of long lines," 15 June 2019 Power outages caused by increased electric consumption are another concern. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Weather warning: These Philadelphia neighborhoods get the hottest in a heat wave," 29 June 2018 The outage is due to a change in the vendors that operate the EBT system. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "California's Electronic Benefits Transfer system to shut down for 24 hours this weekend," 21 June 2018 The power outages were the aftermath of severe thunderstorms that raked the area June 12-13, when strong winds downed trees and power lines and the accompanying lightning strikes caused damage to at least 10 homes and several businesses. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: How hot was it on this couple's wedding day in 1952?," 17 June 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

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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