[ stoh-ij ]

  1. an act or operation of stowing.

  2. the state or manner of being stowed.

  1. room or accommodation for stowing something.

  2. a place in which something is or may be stowed.

  3. something that is stowed or to be stowed.

  4. a charge for stowing something.

Origin of stowage

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at stow, -age

Words Nearby stowage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stowage in a sentence

  • Sometimes, to stir them from their stowage, the vessel was fumigated.

  • What should a dutiful wife do but see to their safe stowage?

    Ravenshoe | Henry Kingsley
  • It is then that the necessity of a cautious stowage, when there is a partial cargo, becomes obvious.

  • He found his voice and it was steady and even, he might have been outlining some stowage problem for Van Rycke's approval.

    Plague Ship | Andre Norton
  • A large number of hands were sent on board of the Reindeer, and her cotton was nearly all placed in the hold by good stowage.

    Fighting for the Right | Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for stowage


/ (ˈstəʊɪdʒ) /

  1. space, room, or a charge for stowing goods

  2. the act or an instance of stowing or the state of being stowed

  1. something that is stowed

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