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 Gasification plants would process biomass and push their captured CO2 into the pipeline, which would carry it to the storage facilities that would pump it under ground. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it could cost for California to hit zero-emissions goal," 4 Feb. 2020 One of them was the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, which wanted a sophisticated solar array and storage facility. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Hawaii Is a Test Bed to See if Renewables Can Meet Peak Energy Demands," 29 Jan. 2020 Pennsylvania granted the Shell plant a tax break valued at $1.6 billion — one of the biggest in state history — and officials in Ohio and West Virginia are wooing firms eager to build more ethane crackers, storage facilities, and pipelines. Beth Gardiner, Wired, "A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet," 20 Jan. 2020 But the government has accused Mr. Haftar’s forces of repeatedly violating the truce, including with an airstrike on the town of Abu Grein, south of Misrata, on Saturday, and shelling in the capital that hit an oil storage facility on Sunday. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "World Leaders Agree to Back Cease-Fire in Lengthy Libyan Civil War," 19 Jan. 2020 According to police, Manning’s body was wrapped in plastic and cardboard when employees found her in the process of clearing out a truck that had to be towed back to the storage facility after not being returned on time. Sarah Midkiff,, "A Missing 29-Year-Old Woman’s Body Was Just Found In A U-Haul Truck," 14 Jan. 2020 The truck was not returned to U-Haul on time and was towed back to the storage facility with property still inside it, said Carringer. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Body of Woman Missing Since November Found in U-Haul Truck in California," 13 Jan. 2020 The Pentagon carried out airstrikes against Kataib Hezbollah, two in Syria and one in Iraq, targeting weapon storage facilities and command and control locations the group uses to plan and execute attacks on coalition forces. Grace Segers, CBS News, "U.S.-Iran tension: A timeline of key events in the breakdown between countries," 11 Jan. 2020 Only the former Macy’s building -- since redeveloped by DealPoint Merrill as a CubeSmart storage facility -- and the Regal Cinemas building, in a renovated state, will remain standing from the current mall. cleveland, "Richmond Heights Planning Commission OKs mall redevelopment landscape, lighting plan," 9 Jan. 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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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Storage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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