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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After the meeting on Tuesday, the commission also is scheduled to discuss possible recommendations and actions for improved hurricane preparedness following widespread power outages in 2017's Hurricane Irma. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Will FPL customers get Hurricane Matthew refund? Commission to vote Tuesday," 9 July 2018 The outage in Buckeye continued to affect more than 6,000 Arizona Public Service customers by the Monday-morning commute. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018 The proximate cause this week was a brace of supply outages in Libya and Venezuela, both of which are in upheaval. The Economist, "The American president is stirring up trouble in a volatile oil market," 4 July 2018 His mother said weekly power outages in their coastal town of Aguadilla also feed his anxiety, which can make symptoms worse. NBC News, "Puerto Rico faces a spike in asthma cases following Hurricane Maria," 18 June 2018 Power and water outages were common, and damage to roads and railway tracks disrupted deliveries of food and relief supplies. Fox News, "Thousands still in shelters after deadly flooding in Japan," 13 July 2018 That looming outage is far from the only potential disruption. Stanley Reed, BostonGlobe.com, "Producers promised more oil — so why are prices rising?," 4 July 2018 That looming outage is far from the only potential disruption weighing on the oil markets. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Promised More Oil. So Why Are Prices Rising?," 4 July 2018 The largest outage areas were in Franklin, Glendale, Mequon, Milwaukee, Port Washington and West Allis. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands lose power as severe storms hit southeast Wisconsin," 1 July 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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