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[wair-hou-zing] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪŋ/
an act or instance of a person or company that warehouses something.
the pledging as security, to a commercial bank, of a long-term mortgage for a short-term loan.
Origin of warehousing
1785-95; warehouse + -ing1


[n. wair-hous; v. wair-houz, -hous] /n. ˈwɛərˌhaʊs; v. ˈwɛərˌhaʊz, -ˌhaʊs/
noun, plural warehouses
[wair-hou-ziz] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building, or a part of one, for the storage of goods, merchandise, etc.
British. a large retail store.
a building, or a part of one, in which wholesalers keep large stocks of merchandise, which they display and sell to retailers.
verb (used with object), warehoused [wair-houzd] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊzd/ (Show IPA), warehousing [wair-hou-zing] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to place, deposit, or store in a warehouse.
to set aside or accumulate, as for future use.
to place in a government or bonded warehouse, to be kept until duties are paid.
Informal. to confine (the mentally ill) to large institutions for long-term custodial care.
1300-50; Middle English; see ware1, house
Related forms
miniwarehouse, noun Unabridged
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  • Our poor host replied despondently that he was warehousing them for the Heriki.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • A deposit with a bank would then be simply a warehousing transaction.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • The cost of warehousing and of 31 insurance on the merchandise is also paid by the commission agent.

  • The warehousing system would enable the importer to watch the market and to select his own time for offering his goods for sale.

  • I see her warehousing three of them, the only varieties, in fact, that I know in my district.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • The goods are occasionally turned over to the customer for warehousing purposes against the so-called "trust receipt."

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • Hence in liming, bating, tanning, drying and in warehousing there are increased efforts to make a quicker turnover.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for warehousing


(stock exchange) an attempt to maintain the price of a company's shares or to gain a significant stake in a company without revealing the true identity of the purchaser. Shares are purchased through an insurance company, a unit trust, or nominees


noun (ˈwɛəˌhaʊs)
a place where goods are stored prior to their use, distribution, or sale
(mainly Brit) a large commercial, esp wholesale, establishment
verb (ˈwɛəˌhaʊz; -ˌhaʊs)
(transitive) to store or place in a warehouse, esp a bonded warehouse
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Word Origin and History for warehousing



mid-14c., from ware (n.) + house. Cf. Dutch warenhuis, German warenhaus. Meaning "large impersonal institution" is American English colloquial, first attested 1970.


1799, from warehouse (n.). In the colloquial sense from 1972. Related: Warehoused; warehousing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for warehousing

wardrobe malfunction

noun phrase

An embarrassing display of a body part when clothing droops, falls, or is torn •Euphemistic: Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction (2004+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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