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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Recent Examples on the Web New York City, which is lagging behind the state, has administered 33.8% of its vaccines and has over 500,000 still waiting in storage. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "South Dakota becomes leading example of vaccine distribution," 15 Jan. 2021 The queen of tidiness and the most recognizable name in storage have joined forces, and the result is a unique and practical collaboration. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Marie Kondo’s 2021 Resolution? Getting You Organized," 11 Jan. 2021 Arwady said more than 95% of the vaccine received by the city has already been administered, leaving fewer than 1,000 Pfizer doses in storage and a little more of that amount in Moderna vaccine. Alice Yin,, "Illinois reports 126,211 COVID-19 vaccinations administered throughout the state," 30 Dec. 2020 Boeing had to shut down production of new Maxes as the planes piled up in storage and the company’s chief executive lost his job. Washington Post, "Two years after deadly crashes, Boeing’s 737 Max returns to commercial service in the U.S.," 29 Dec. 2020 There is also a sea of oil in storage waiting for market conditions to improve. Dan K. Eberhart For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Pretty soon, we may need more oil than we can produce," 21 Dec. 2020 Time to hang up the aviators and put the false teeth back in storage. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey Is Stepping Down From Playing Joe Biden," 19 Dec. 2020 Over-the-door bins or shoe bags provide additional storage areas for socks or scarves. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Organize a Closet Like a Pro," 8 Dec. 2020 Sign-in sheets will be used anytime anyone enters the storage areas. USA Today, "Getting a vaccine has been a huge undertaking. How all 50 states scramble to dole them out is the next massive challenge.," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Storage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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