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.

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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 The head tube bolts to the folding mechanism (7): A quick release (8) frees a pin to slide over a groove, so the front tube can fold and lock into place parallel to the footboard (9) for stowage on the go. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How an Electric Scooter Works," 1 May 2018 And the smart Cargo Fly option, with waterproof-zipper access to the interior, allows gear stowage inside the raft tubes while boating. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Lightweight Gear for Life on the Road," 10 May 2018 Seats will also have two power connections and new stowage options to accommodate travelers’ personal items. Emily Price, Fortune, "JetBlue A320 Redesign Promises to Bring Wider Seats, More Legroom, and 'Humanity' to Air Travel," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of stowage

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

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English Language Learners Definition of stowage

: space especially on a ship or airplane for stowing things

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