Outage vs Shortage - What's the difference?

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Outage is a related term of shortage.

As nouns the difference between outage and shortage

is that outage is a temporary suspension of operation, especially of electrical power supply while shortage is a lack or deficiency.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A temporary suspension of operation, especially of electrical power supply.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Out of the gloom , passage=[Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage , as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.}}
  • The amount of something lost in storage or transportation.
  • See also

    * dropout * brownout * blackout




    (wikipedia shortage) (en noun)
  • A lack or deficiency; an insufficient amount.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania.


    * glut * mountain (as in butter mountain)

    See also

    * drought * famine * ration * rationing