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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When dealing with a three-day shelf life, that is your reality. Hang Nguyen,, "Urban Remedy, the health-conscious Bay Area eatery, expands into San Diego County," 29 May 2018 Hair painting innovations have upped the ante for getting the longest shelf life out of a dye job. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Hair "Shadowing" Is the Best Thing That's Happened to Fall Dye Jobs," 4 Nov. 2016 The stand-alone site was necessary for another reason as well: Fresh food’s short shelf life required Amazon to roll out the service city-by-city—then an unusual launch strategy for the company. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "How Amazon Is Using Whole Foods in a Bid for Total Retail Domination," 21 May 2018 To maximize shelf life, store it in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. Dan Adams,, "21 questions answered about legal marijuana in Massachusetts," 21 June 2018 Fullei offers consumers long shelf life (30-45 days) due to its constant quality control and cold-chain covering growing, processing, packaging and shipment. Joseph A. Mann Jr., miamiherald, "Fullei Fresh puts sprouts on your table | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 The business of the NFL is coldest to running backs, the position with the game’s shortest shelf life. 2. Andrew Brandt,, "Saquon Barkley's Enormous Projected Contract, Lamar Jackson's Lack of an Agent," 1 May 2018 The question for Grede and Kardashian was whether another underserved segment of shoppers—this time, pregnant women—would shell out $149 and up for a pair of jeans that have a relatively short shelf life. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "The Big Business of Maternity Denim," 24 Aug. 2018 That the pawpaw has a short shelf life is well known among its enthusiasts. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 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

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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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