Storage refers to storing something, like in a basement or attic. People keep all sorts of things in storage — from fur coats to bowling trophies.

When you store something, you put it away somewhere safe, so storage is the act of storing. Squirrels gather nuts and put them in storage by hiding them. A grocery store might use a stockroom for storage. If you have canned food in the basement, that's storage. Some storage is for emergencies, while other storage is for things you might want to look at another time, like old photos. Things in storage are being saved for later.

Definitions of storage

n the act of storing something

preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc.
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holding, keeping, retention
the act of retaining something

n the commercial enterprise of storing goods and materials

cold storage
refrigerated storage for preservation
stowage, stowing
the act of packing or storing away
the act of storing in tanks
Type of:
business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

n a depository for goods

depot, entrepot, store, storehouse
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a place where supplies can be stored
garner, granary
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
magazine, powder magazine, powder store
a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
treasure house
a storehouse for treasures
storage warehouse, warehouse
a storehouse for goods and merchandise
a bin or granary for storing grains
(in India and Malaysia) a warehouse
Type of:
deposit, depositary, depository, repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

n depositing in a warehouse

“my car is in storage
repositing, reposition, warehousing
accumulating and storing a reserve supply
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deposit, deposition
the act of putting something somewhere

n an electronic memory device

computer memory, computer storage, memory, memory board, store
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non-volatile storage, nonvolatile storage
computer storage that is not lost when the power is turned off
ROM, fixed storage, read-only memory, read-only storage
(computer science) memory whose contents can be accessed and read but cannot be changed
real storage
the main memory in a virtual memory system
(computer science) a high-speed internal memory used for temporary storage of preliminary information
virtual memory, virtual storage
(computer science) memory created by using the hard disk to simulate additional random-access memory; the addressable storage space available to the user of a computer system in which virtual addresses are mapped into real addresses
volatile storage
computer storage that is erased when the power is turned off
CD-ROM, compact disc read-only memory
a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than with an audio system); a large amount of digital information can be stored and accessed but it cannot be altered by the user
EPROM, erasable programmable read-only memory
(computer science) a read-only memory chip that can be erased by ultraviolet light and programmed again with new data
flash memory
nonvolatile storage that can be electrically erased and programmed anew
magnetic bubble memory
a nonvolatile storage device that holds information in the form of bubbles on a thin film of magnetic silicate; no longer used in most computers
RAM, random access memory, random memory, random-access memory, read/write memory
the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
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computer hardware, hardware
(computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
memory device, storage device
a device that preserves information for retrieval

n (computer science) the process of storing information in a computer memory or on a magnetic tape or disk

(computer science) the condition of a file that is broken up and stored in many different locations on a magnetic disk
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computer operation, machine operation
an elementary operation that a computer is designed and built to perform

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