shelf life

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun
    (written as shelf-life)
    the number of days or weeks for which a product can stay on the shelf of a shop and still be good to use

Commerce

  • noun the length of time during which a product can stay in the shop and still be good to use

Construction

  • Maximum duration that a material can be stored and still remain in a usable condition.
  • The length of time that a product, such as a package adhesive or sealant, can be stored at a specified temperature range and remain usable. See also shelf life.

Economics

  • The length of time that a good can be stored while still remaining useful enough to sell. Important for both perishable goods and goods that may become obsolete for reasons of technology or fashion. Relevant for international trade when, for example, customs procedures cause delays.

Electronics

  • The maximum length of time that a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, system, or material can be stored and still retain its performance characteristics. The light, temperature, moisture, electrical fields, magnetic fields, vibrations, and other surrounding conditions may affect this interval considerably. In the case of batteries, for instance, those with nickel cadmium cells can self-discharge in a few weeks, while alkaline batteries may retain most of their charge for several years.
  • A shelf life (1) as stated by a manufacturer.
  • synonymstorage life

Food

  • The length of time a foodstuff will stay fresh and palatable when stored as indicated by the supplier or manufacturer

Information & Library Science

  • noun the period of time that an item is likely to last before it needs replacing

Travel

  • noun the length of time food can be kept in a shop before it goes bad

Idiom of “shelf life”

duration of something
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