from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A place where merchandise is offered for sale; a shop.
  • noun A stock or supply reserved for future use.
  • noun Supplies, especially of food, clothing, or arms.
  • noun A place where commodities are kept; a warehouse or storehouse.
  • noun A great quantity or number; an abundance.
  • transitive verb To reserve or put away for future use.
  • transitive verb To fill, supply, or stock.
  • transitive verb To deposit or receive in a storehouse or warehouse for safekeeping.
  • transitive verb Computers To copy (data) into memory or onto a storage device, such as a hard disk.
  • idiom (in store) Forthcoming.
  • idiom (in store) In reserve; stored.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An animal bought to be fattened for the market; store cattle.
  • A Middle English form of stoor.
  • noun That which is provided or furnished for use as needed; a stock accumulated as for future use; a supply; a hoard; specifically, in the plural, articles, particularly of food, accumulated for a specific object; supplies, as of food, ammunition, arms, or clothing: as, military or naval stores; the winter stores of a family.
  • noun Hence A great quantity; a large number; abundance; plenty: used with, or archaically without, the indefinite article.
  • noun A place where supplies, as provisions, ammunition, arms, clothing, or goods of any kind. are kept for future use or distribution; a storehouse; a warehouse; a magazine.
  • noun Hence A place where goods are kept for sale by either wholesale or retail; a shop: as, a book-store; a dry-goods store. See note under shop, 2.
  • Hoarded; laid up: as, store linen; store fruit.
  • Containing stores; set apart for receiving stores or supplies. Compare store-city.
  • Obtained at a store or shop; purchased or purchasable at a shop or store: as, store clothes; store teeth (humorously used for false teeth).
  • To provide; furnish; supply; equip; outfit.
  • To stock with provisions; provision: replenish.
  • To deposit in a store or warehouse for preservation or safe-keeping; warehouse.
  • To lay up in reserve; accumulate; hoard: often with up.
  • To restore.
  • noun A window-shade: the French term used in English for such a shade when of decorative character, especially when of French manufacture.
  • noun A Middle English form of stour.
  • A Middle English form of stoor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Accumulated; hoarded.
  • transitive verb To collect as a reserved supply; to accumulate; to lay away.
  • transitive verb To furnish; to supply; to replenish; esp., to stock or furnish against a future time.
  • transitive verb To deposit in a store, warehouse, or other building, for preservation; to warehouse.
  • noun That which is accumulated, or massed together; a source from which supplies may be drawn; hence, an abundance; a great quantity, or a great number.
  • noun A place of deposit for goods, esp. for large quantities; a storehouse; a warehouse; a magazine.
  • noun U.S. & British Colonies Any place where goods are sold, whether by wholesale or retail; a shop.
  • noun Articles, especially of food, accumulated for some specific object; supplies, as of provisions, arms, ammunition, and the like.
  • noun in a state of accumulation; in keeping; hence, in a state of readiness.
  • noun to value greatly; to have a high appreciation of.
  • noun to make no account of; to consider of no importance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A place where items may be accumulated or routinely kept.
  • noun A supply held in storage.
  • noun mainly North American A place where items may be purchased.
  • noun computing, archaic Memory.
  • noun A large amount of information retained in one's memory.
  • verb transitive To keep (something) while not in use, generally in a place meant for that purpose.
  • verb transitive, computing Write (something) into memory or registers.
  • verb intransitive To remain in good condition while stored.

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

  • noun a depository for goods


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

[Middle English stor, supply, from Old French estor, from estorer, to build, from Latin īnstaurāre, to restore; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin instaurare


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  • A sheep (or other meat animal) in good condition, but not fat, purchased by dealers to fatten for later resale.

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