Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A detailed, itemized list, report, or record of things in one's possession, especially a periodic survey of all goods and materials in stock.
  • n. The process of making such a list, report, or record.
  • n. The items listed in such a report or record.
  • n. The quantity of goods and materials on hand; stock.
  • n. An evaluation or a survey, as of abilities, assets, or resources.
  • transitive v. To make an itemized report or record of.
  • transitive v. To include in an itemized report or record.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The stock of an item on hand at a particular location or business
  • n. a detailed list of all of the items on hand
  • n. the process of producing or updating such a list
  • v. To take stock of the resources or items on hand; to produce an inventory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An account, catalogue, or schedule, made by an executor or administrator, of all the goods and chattels, and sometimes of the real estate, of a deceased person; a list of the property of which a person or estate is found to be possessed; hence, an itemized list of goods or valuables, with their estimated worth.
  • n. The objects contained on an inventory{1}
  • n. The total value of all goods in an inventory{2}.
  • n. The act of making an inventory{1}.
  • transitive v. To make an inventory of; to make a list, catalogue, or schedule of; to insert or register in an account of goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a list, catalogue, or schedule of; insert or register in an account of goods.
  • n. A detailed descriptive list of articles, such as goods and chattels, or of parcels of land, with the number, quantity, and value of each; specifically, a formal list of movables, as of the goods or wares of a merchant: as, an inventory of the estate of a bankrupt, or of a deceased person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (accounting) the value of a firm's current assets including raw materials and work in progress and finished goods
  • n. the merchandise that a shop has on hand
  • n. a collection of resources
  • v. make or include in an itemized record or report
  • n. a detailed list of all the items in stock
  • n. making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand

Etymologies

Middle English inventorie, from Medieval Latin inventōrium, alteration of Late Latin inventārium, from Latin inventus, past participle of invenīre, to find; see invent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French inventaire, from Late Latin inventorium, from Latin inventarium (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And there is what I call inventory and investment.

    VELOCITY

  • Our blogs are * just* starting to be included in pitches done by AOL's sales team, and our inventory is about to be plugged into the massive DoubleClick structure AOL has built.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • How they cross check with their inventory is a wonder.

    MORE GRINGO TAX

  • Mantegna started to check the tag inventory, but Moll already knew what it was.

    The Best and The Brightest

  • One thing I would say is I know a lot of time the term inventory replenishment gets thrown around but I'll just remind you that early in 2009 as the economy had turned down and there was a very serious inventory correction underway I'll just describe the channel overall, specifically our customers and their supply chain, our shipments in to that channel were well below what our customers were producing and what they were shipping out.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • Retailers not wanting to pay tax on inventory will commonly keep their shelves bare until inventory is taken.

    On Obama And Ammunition

  • There are a lot of these in inventory, so it's not that they can't replace them.

    Another Launch Delay for STS-119 - NASA Watch

  • Since none of those entities is likely to build up long-term inventory, the figures correlate closely to consumption.

    U.S. wine sales top France for the first time

  • Just the other night $5,000USD worth of copper tubing was stolen at a local construction site and I am speaking of copper tubing in inventory and tubing already installed that was ripped out of partially constructed walls most destructively.

    Another sign of hard economic times

  • But the recession also means that inventory is thin and manufacturers and retailers are less able to offer blowout specials.

    Now Is A Good Time To Haggle Over A TV - The Consumerist

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.