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

Examples of outage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While many speculated the outage was caused by a hacker, Fastly says the troubles resulted because of a service configuration change made by an unnamed customer. Chris Morris, Fortune, 9 June 2021 The outage may be linked to Fastly, a cloud platform that powers websites such as The New York Times and Shopify. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 That defense held Dallas to three points in the final 3:48 of the third quarter, but the offensive outage was offset by the Clippers’ own. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Should the outage of Colonial be resolved by the end of this week, as the company now indicates could be the case, easing the Jones Act could turn out to be unnecessary. David Blackmon, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The outage isn’t expected to have a significant impact on fuel markets unless the pipeline remains shut down for several days, analysts said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 8 May 2021 The company reported restoring more than 700,000 customer outages total, which includes customers who may have had more than one outage. oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2021 The outage at the power plant was caused by a lack of regular maintenance on the machinery, Ballot said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2021 Neither the cause of the fire nor the outage were immediately known, officials said. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of outage

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2021

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“Outage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outage. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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