shelf life
noun Date: 1927 the period of time during which a material may be stored and remain suitable for use; broadly the period of time during which something lasts or remains popular

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  • shelf life — ➔ life * * * shelf life UK US noun [C] ► the length of time that a product, especially food and medicine, can be kept before it becomes too old to be sold or used: »a short/long shelf life »Vacuum packing gives the fish a shelf life of a couple… …   Financial and business terms

  • shelf life — shelf lives N COUNT: usu sing The shelf life of a product, especially food, is the length of time that it can be kept in a shop or at home before it becomes too old to sell or use. Mature flour produces better baking results and has a longer… …   English dictionary

  • shelf life — n [singular] the length of time that a product, especially food, can be kept in a shop before it becomes too old to sell ▪ The pies have a shelf life of approximately one week …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shelf life — shelf . n the period of time during which a material (as a food or drug) may be stored and remain suitable for use …   Medical dictionary

  • shelf life — shelf ,life noun singular the amount of time that a food, medicine, or a similar product can be kept in a store before it is too old to sell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shelf life — shelf′ life n. the period during which a stored commodity, as food, remains effective, useful, or suitable for consumption • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • shelf life — ► NOUN ▪ the length of time for which an item remains usable, edible, or saleable …   English terms dictionary

  • shelf life — n. the length of time a packaged food, chemical preparation, etc. can be stored without deteriorating …   English World dictionary

  • Shelf life — This pack of diced pork says display until 7 May and use by 8 May …   Wikipedia

  • shelf life — noun the length of time a packaged food or drug will last without deteriorating • Hypernyms: ↑time period, ↑period of time, ↑period * * * noun : the period of time during which a material may be stored and remain suitable for sale called also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shelf life — /ˈʃɛlf laɪf/ (say shelf luyf) noun 1. the period in which a product may remain on the shelf before being purchased, and still be marketable: *All foods with a shelf life of up to two years must have a best before date and foods to be consumed… …   Australian English dictionary

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