• WordNet 3.6
    • n stowage the act of packing or storing away
    • n stowage a room in which things are stored
    • n stowage the charge for stowing goods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stowage Money paid for stowing goods.
    • Stowage Room in which things may be stowed. "In every vessel is stowage for immense treasures."
    • Stowage The act or method of stowing; as, the stowage of provisions in a vessel.
    • Stowage The state of being stowed, or put away. "To have them in safe stowage ."
    • Stowage Things stowed or packed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stowage The act or operation of stowing.
    • n stowage The state of being stowed; also, a place in which something is or may be stowed; room for stowing.
    • n stowage Money paid for stowing goods.
    • n stowage That which is stowed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Stowage act of placing in order: state of being laid up: room for articles to be laid away: money paid for stowing goods
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. stowen, to place—A.S. stów, a place; cf. Dut. stuwen, to stow, to push, Ger. stauen, to pack.


In literature:

Now, will you tell me where we are to find their hiding-places, for they must have some stowages for the goods they run.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
They were packed very systematically, in order to secure economical stowage.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
He spent the greater part of the afternoon superintending the stowage of the wood and did not go back to the Harbor at all.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
In point of stowage it likewise is preferable.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
Those confounded trowsers of theirs offered conveniences of stowage-room which they made rare use of.
"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands" by Mary Seacole
Here we are waiting for stowage, and you talk about us keeping you waiting.
"In the King's Name" by George Manville Fenn
Trunks are sadly in the way, and carpet bags or valises the best forms for stowage under seats or among feet.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
The stowage of such a cargo was accounted handy.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
You can find stowage for that?
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
A frame or fitting for the stowage of arms (usually vertical) out of harm's way, but in readiness for immediate use.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In news:

Here's what caused this unplanned pause: One of Steves' snow hooks, a type of anchor used by mushers to secure a sled during rest stops, bounced free from its stowage and grabbed the ice.
Prep your spinning reel for winter stowage.
For shipboard stowage, the Sea Stallion 's rotor blades and tail pylon fold hydraulically.
Gear bags for shore storage or boat stowage.
Gaff stowage is a common problem, and if you try to solve it incorrectly (right), you'll soon be facing another problem: an injured crewmember, which can ruin a day of fishing.