stor·​age | \ˈstȯr-ij \

Definition of storage 

1a : space or a place for storing

b : an amount stored

c : memory sense 4

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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Before its years as a storage facility, the building had existed as a rooming house, and most of the high-Victorian details that remained were well worn. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018 The General Accounting Office estimates the cost of taking apart the vessel and sending the reactors to a nuclear waste storage facility at up to $1.5 billion, or about one-eighth the cost of a brand-new aircraft carrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Having a Hell of a Time Dismantling the USS Enterprise," 9 Aug. 2018 On June 28, Sempra’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Martin said the company will sell all of its solar and wind holdings in the U.S., as well as gas storage facilities in the Deep South. Rob Nikolewski,, "Sempra makes $1.6B stock offering to wrap up Oncor acquisition," 10 July 2018 After more cars and light trucks came into the Port of Baltimore in May than any month before, port officials are planning to turn an unused basin into a storage facility to handle the growing car shipments. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Port of Baltimore plans expansion for growing car shipments," 10 July 2018 In 1937, a fire at 20th Century Fox’s film storage facility in Little Ferry, N.J., destroyed most of the studio’s silent films., "This day in history," 9 July 2018 Six boats on trailers have been stolen from a storage facility in Miramar — five of them since late May, according to police. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Thieves grabbing boats from storage facility; five stolen in recent weeks," 3 July 2018 CUDAHY - Storage Master has purchased four buildings on the former tannery site to be converted into a storage facility. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Storage Master continues expansion with new facility at former Cudahy Tannery site," 2 July 2018 One way to do that would be to use rapid DNA instruments that read out genetic information immediately, so that samples can be destroyed on the spot—not retained indefinitely in a government storage facility. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of storage

circa 1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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