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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The intermittent outages stemmed from a shutdown at one of its facilities where smoke was noticed during routine maintenance. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Outages Hit Online and Mobile Banking," 7 Feb. 2019 Everyone on staff has suffered at least one of these (or its awful cousin, the ISP outage) and been left distracted or set back to some extent. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10," 24 Nov. 2018 The report said the fire was reported around 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Seattle Times, "Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law," 12 Nov. 2018 Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko told reporters that the extensive power outage was caused by an emergency shutdown of the main thermal power plant at Tomato Atsuma that supplies half of Hokkaido's electricity. Fox News, "At least 7 dead, dozens feared buried after quake hits northern Japan," 2 Oct. 2018 The outage caused streetlights to stop working, and stop signs were placed in the middle of the street to warn people as police directed traffic. Juan Ortega, Sun-Sentinel.com, "FPL restores power to downtown Hollywood after damaged pole caused outage," 14 July 2018 No information on the cause of the two separate outages was available. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Power outages to 3,700 near Clairemont; National City," 14 July 2018 Gierl said, complaining that her neighborhood did not even show up on official maps of the outage released by the DWP. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Hundreds of customers are still without power as hot and angry Angelenos fume at the DWP," 10 July 2018 The outage in Dorchester came on the heels of about 1,600 customers losing power earlier Thursday in Brighton, Brookline, and West Roxbury from an underground cable failure caused by the stifling temperatures. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Underground fire knocks out power for 30 utility customers in Uphams Corner," 6 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

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

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