out·​age ˈau̇-tij How to pronounce outage (audio)
: a quantity or bulk of something lost in transportation or storage
: a failure or interruption in use or functioning
: a period of interruption especially of electric current

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The company's traditional satellite service was not affected by the outage. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 In Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, approximately 20,000 customers were struck by a power outage Sunday, power company Eversource said in a statement. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 25 July 2022 The latest move adds to a supply crunch already created by an outage in the US. Elena Mazneva, Bloomberg.com, 16 June 2022 The jury filed into the courtroom Wednesday around 10 a.m., at which point Judge Craig D. Karlan apologized for a 30-minute delay caused by a power outage at the courthouse that morning. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 In Hamilton County, about 16,000 customers are still impacted by the outage. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 14 June 2022 The area affected by the outage is mostly north of Marin Avenue, but includes parts of Kensington and Albany as well as Tilden Park. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2022 Ozzy was in fine form, though the concerts were delayed three hours by a power outage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 The Adelaide has also been hampered by a power outage that stranded the ship off Tonga. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outage was in 1851

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“Outage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outage. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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