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

The first floor of the new rowing center will provide storage for the school’s approximately 35 rowing shells. Johanna Seltz,, "Maritime school receives grant for expansion," 3 Sep. 2019 Any plan related to nuclear waste storage tends to get strong resistance. Washington Post, "Japan urges nuke plants to prepare for decommissioning era," 2 Sep. 2019 His family has the right to petition for the weapons, which have been put into storage. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Philadelphia police seize massive arsenal of weapons from suicidal man's home," 30 Aug. 2019 Methane can be also be released through the storage and use of manure for fuel (9 percent) and through coal mining (8 percent). Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Methane, Anyway?," 29 Aug. 2019 The pith of each slice of bread had been bleached to an uncanny, filamentous white by the long storage. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Caleb Crain’s “Overthrow” and the Power of Literary Form," 28 Aug. 2019 To stuff it back into storage or make excuses for it is dishonest. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: Stapleton will keep its tainted name, here’s how we can live with that decision," 27 Aug. 2019 Additional features include an extra deep two-car garage with side driveway entry, deep setback, walk-in pantry and a pull-down staircase to attic storage. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: East Coast meets West Coast: The Hamptons have arrived in Danville," 26 Aug. 2019 That’s a fairly revolutionary thing for fountain pens, which for years were locked up in display cases and tucked into storage. Steve Rubenstein,, "Some of these pens are more expensive than the sword," 24 Aug. 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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to make a temporary encampment

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