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
  1. noun
    the act of storing something
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    preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc.
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    holding, keeping, retention
    the act of retaining something
  2. noun
    the commercial enterprise of storing goods and materials
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    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
  3. noun
    a depository for goods
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    depositing in a warehouse
    “my car is in storage
    synonyms: repositing, reposition, warehousing
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    accumulating and storing a reserve supply
    type of:
    deposit, deposition
    the act of putting something somewhere
  5. noun
    an electronic memory device
    synonyms: 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
  6. noun
    (computer science) the process of storing information in a computer memory or on a magnetic tape or disk
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    (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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