shelf life


Definition of shelf life 

: the period of time during which a material may be stored and remain suitable for use broadly : the period of time during which something lasts or remains popular

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The games that Tencent is acquiring from independent gaming studios—the main source of new games in its pipeline—tend to have a shelf life of three to six months. Shan Li, WSJ, "Tencent Posts Higher Profit, but China’s Videogame Freeze Clouds Prospects," 14 Nov. 2018 August 7—considering our deal posts normally have a shelf life of a day or two, this is a rare treat. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Eurostar’s Offering 30 Percent Off Standard Premier Class Train Tickets," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, the offending lettuce is gone — consumed, or long ago tossed away after its 21-day shelf life expired, the FDA has said. Geoffrey Mohan, The Seattle Times, "Could blockchain have solved the mystery of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak?," 3 June 2018 Romaine lettuce from the region is no longer being distributed and little, if any, remains at stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Tainted romaine lettuce deaths hit 5, cases encompass 35 states," 1 June 2018 Use our vegetable storage advice for maximizing your bounty’s shelf lifeFor the last of your tomato harvest, the question is always whether to store in the fridge or on the counter. Sunset, "How to Store Your Garden Harvest," 22 Jan. 2018 Our sporting memories have the shelf life of a Cabinet member. Nick Canepa,, "Latest star Laker? Yeah, just forgot all the early great ones," 7 July 2018 The spongy British treats, often served with tea, are moist, so producers use carbon dioxide in packaging to give them a shelf life of about a week. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "U.K. Fears for Its Beer and Crumpets. Blame a Carbon Dioxide Shortage.," 29 June 2018 But the warehouse chain quietly testing technology that could more than double the shelf life of vegetables and fruits. Caitlin Dewey,, "This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad," 19 June 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shelf life

: the length of time that food may be stored and still be good to eat

: the length of time during which something or someone lasts or remains popular

shelf life

\ˈshelf-ˌ \

Medical Definition of shelf life 

: the period of time during which a material (as a food or drug) may be stored and remain suitable for use

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