stor·​age | \ ˈstȯr-ij \

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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In fact, lots of parallels can be drawn between Malta's system and other forms of energy storage. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Using molten salt to store electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants," 24 Dec. 2018 In addition to the decent graphics card, this laptop features a 15.6-inch matte IPS display that pushes a 1080p resolution, an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage via a 7,200RPM spinning drive. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "At $599, HP’s gaming laptop is an even better deal for casual gamers," 18 Dec. 2018 The insides are plenty for daily use: a 1.6-GHz eighth-generation i5 processor, 256 GB of storage, and 8 GB of RAM. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best Laptops of 2018," 15 Nov. 2018 Most lightweight trailers come with kitchens, bathroom/shower combo, living rooms that transform into beds and plenty of storage for all your comforts of home. Fox News, "Tiny Trailers - Big Dreams," 7 Sep. 2018 The 13-inch model goes up to 16GB of memory and 2TB of SSD storage. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Apple boosts oomph in priciest MacBook Pros," 12 July 2018 They would also be required to report any compromise of storage to their accreditation agency. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "Embryo storage bill seeks oversight of fertility centers and penalties for those that violate safeguards," 5 July 2018 The good news is that demand for storage doesn’t seem to be slowing. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Got Junk? Self-Storage Investors Hope So," 21 Dec. 2018 Our microwave sits discreetly in an upper cabinet in our galley kitchen, bordered by storage cabinets to the left and a full-height pantry to the right. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why I love having a microwave in my camper van," 20 Dec. 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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