stow·​age | \ ˈstō-ij How to pronounce stowage (audio) \

Definition of stowage

1a : an act or process of stowing
b : goods in storage or to be stowed
2a : storage capacity
b : a place or receptacle for storage
3 : the state of being stored

Examples of stowage in a Sentence

There's a lot of stowage below deck.
Recent Examples on the Web When the jump seat is not in use, the seatback folds down to provide a front armrest and oddment stowage and a pair of additional cup-holders. Nargess Banks, Forbes, "Test Drive: Land Rover’s New Defender, The Quintessential Off-Roader," 25 Feb. 2021 This is the British Army’s standard issue assault rifle, and Jonny’s carbine is essentially the same rifle with a slightly shorter barrel for easier stowage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What's in an Apache Helicopter Survival Kit," 30 Dec. 2020 To keep air flowing into the engine bay, the intake vents directly behind the roof were adjusted transversely behind the Spider's rear screen to account for the retractable hardtop's stowage compartment. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "986-HP 2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider Is a 211-MPH Hybrid Droptop," 12 Nov. 2020 To maximize stowage, the rear seats can also fold allowing longer materials to fit in its mini-truck bed. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Best Used Trucks for Under $10,000," 28 Sep. 2020 Another rover will be required to fetch the samples and deliver them to a lander for stowage aboard a solid-propellant rocket. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA readies launch of Mars rover to look for signs of past life, collect samples for return to Earth," 28 July 2020 There is a also a drop-down panel on the outside of the trunk to allow dirty or smelly items to be put directly into a stowage compartment from outside the car. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "INEOS Grenadier Looks a Lot Like the Old Land Rover Defender, and That's the Point," 1 July 2020 Now, via its Commercial Crew program—which is itself a follow-on to the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program initiated in the mid-2000s— NASA is instead buying seats and stowage on SpaceX assets. Irene Klotz, Scientific American, "Back in Business: NASA Is Set to Return to Human Spaceflight with Historic SpaceX Launch," 27 May 2020 There will also be both made-to-measure luggage bags and small pods to increase stowage space. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Lotus Evija Still Coming This Year, and Future Owners Can Spec It," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of stowage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Mar 2021

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“Stowage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stowage

: space especially on a ship or airplane for stowing things

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