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 Port City Brewing Company, in Alexandria, was one of the businesses that suffered a lengthy power outage. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "The June 2012 Mid-Atlantic derecho gave birth to a new beer, and it’s still brewed today," 29 June 2020 They were caused by a massive outage last Monday on T-Mobile’s network. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Are coronavirus contact tracing apps doomed to fail in America?," 24 June 2020 Last week, as many as 68 million customers were hit with a daylong service outage, which drew a federal investigation. Scott Moritz, Fortune, "T-Mobile tries to back out of promise to create 1,000 California jobs," 23 June 2020 The larger settlement traces back to what the CFTC called an unprecedented outage in Deutsche Bank’s swaps reporting platform in 2016. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Settles Swap Reporting Outage, Spoofing Violations," 18 June 2020 There is no indication that a cyberattack was involved in the outage, despite viral allegations of a denial of service attack. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Apple in the antitrust spotlight as coronavirus pandemic boosts mobile payments," 17 June 2020 The company blamed an internet-traffic issue that caused problems with its network for the outage. NBC News, "FCC calls hours-long T-Mobile service outage 'unacceptable'," 17 June 2020 Alabama Power has not reported an outage due to not having enough power in decades. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama Power $1.1 billion expansion approved, except solar projects," 17 June 2020 The company blamed an Internet-traffic issue that caused problems with its network for the outage. BostonGlobe.com, "Greentown Labs plans first out-of-state expansion," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of outage

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outage. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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