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 The suppressor can quickly and easily be removed and reattached, allowing for easy stowage, and use of the rifle with or without it, and even on multiple guns. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Why Every Hunter and Recreational Shooter Should Own a Suppressor," 9 Jan. 2020 The stowage bin allows fliers to reserve a specific overhead space for their carry-on. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, "Gate-Checked Again? Here’s Why There’s No Room for Your Carry-On Bags in the Overhead Bin," 19 Dec. 2019 The rear seat splits and folds, and a large trunk makes for good stowage. Sue Mead, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Hyundai Sonata upgraded with a more striking design, new body architecture," 15 Nov. 2019 Maersk has since barred the stowage below deck of dangerous goods and other shipments that may be resistant to fire fighting. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Ship Operators Raise Alarms Over String of Vessel Fires," 24 Mar. 2019 This design from American furniture brand HBF shaves off desktop acreage and stowage, then further economizes by borrowing the face-to-face setup of the partners desk, so apt for today’s idea-sharing worker bees. Cara Gibbs, WSJ, "The New, Highly Efficient Two-Sided Desk," 27 Sep. 2018 Door panels have wide stowage space and room for a large bottle. Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 This is especially useful on, say, JetBlue, Logan’s largest carrier, which doesn’t have closets for hanging items in its A320 or E190, and says closets on the A321 are for onboard wheelchair stowage. Alison Goldman,, "I’m about to fly 1,000 miles with my wedding dress," 10 July 2018 Each of the 28 suites also have personal stowage areas and an advanced in-flight entertainment system with free content. 2. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Refurbished Delta planes feature fancy suites, premium seating," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of stowage

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

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“Stowage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stowage

: space especially on a ship or airplane for stowing things

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