stor·​age | \ ˈstȯr-ij How to pronounce storage (audio) \

Definition of storage

1a : space or a place for storing
b : an amount stored
2a : the act of storing : the state of being stored especially : the safekeeping of goods in a depository (such as a warehouse)
b : the price charged for keeping goods in a storehouse
3 : the production by means of electric energy of chemical reactions that when allowed to reverse themselves generate electricity again without serious loss

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Examples of storage in a Sentence

Her new house is much smaller, so she had to rent additional storage. We need to get our furniture out of storage. the body's storage of fat the storage of nuclear waste
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This option can be used as a stand-alone energy-storage system or as a backup power supply. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 Sony is also promising that the PS5 will support up to 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft unveils next-generation ‘Scarlett’ Xbox, arrives in fall 2020," 9 June 2019 Unlike iPhones, many Android devices have ports for external storage, such as memory cards. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 By Amazon service, which provides storage, packing and shipping for independent merchants selling products on the company’s website. Bloomberg,, "FedEx decides not to renew Amazon’s U.S. air-delivery contract," 7 June 2019 The color-changing blocks are made of 185 water-storage containers and 100,000 LED lights. Grace Dickinson,, "The Piazza Pod Park opens in Northern Liberties on Saturday. Here’s what to expect," 4 June 2019 The property already was zoned heavy industrial, or I-4, but required a variance for the temporary storage, processing and sale of the limestone. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "The city blocked this facility for health concerns. Now it's getting a second chance.," 4 June 2019 SpaceX is also seeking partners for critical needs such as power, habitats, science, food storage, and more. Ben Pearson, Ars Technica, "SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey," 3 June 2019 Fairway Energy LP, an oil-storage business backed by Harvard University, unveiled its plan to divvy up the proceeds from its bankruptcy liquidation, with unsecured creditors expected to get between 2 and 12 cents on the dollar of what they are owed. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Fairway Energy Outlines Plan to Repay Creditors," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of storage

circa 1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of storage was circa 1613

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English Language Learners Definition of storage

: space where you put things when they are not being used
: the state of being kept in a place when not being used : the state of being stored somewhere
: the act of putting something that is not being used in a place where it is available, where it can be kept safely, etc. : the act of storing something


stor·​age | \ ˈstȯr-ij How to pronounce storage (audio) \

Kids Definition of storage

1 : space or a place for putting things for future use or for safekeeping The house has plenty of storage.
2 : the act of putting things somewhere especially for future use : the state of being stored The boat is in storage until the spring.

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