What does off-the-shelf mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. off-the-rack, off-the-shelf, off-the-peg, ready-to-wear(adj)

    (especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock

    "a ready-made jacket"; "ready-to-wear clothes"


  1. off-the-shelf(adj.)

    Made in large quantities and intended to be used without modifications; -- similar to off-the-rack, but not restricted to clothing. Opposite of custom-made, made-to-order, or one-of-a-kind.


  1. off-the-shelf(Adjective)

    As purchased or as commonly available, without modification or customization.

    We can build a specialized part for you, but an off-the-shelf product will probably cost less.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of off-the-shelf in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of off-the-shelf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chris Sacca:

    I picked one up off the shelf at a Reno airport gift shop on my way to give a speech, it was 80 percent off, so I was like, ‘ Yeah, score ! ’.

  2. Guillermo Ameer:

    By saving the patient’s patellar tendon and using an off-the-shelf product, one may have a better chance of preserving the natural biomechanics of the knee.

  3. Richard Aboulafia:

    People who fly planes want the best value for money, which means off-the-shelf, people who want jobs and technology development schemes have different priorities. That's why the two groups don't like each other much.

  4. Thomas Moore:

    The radar that we choose is going to be an off-the-shelf radar that we tailor to the ship. There are a number of radars out there that appear to meet the specs. This will not be a developmental issue. LHA 8 will be the first ship to get AESR.

  5. Julie Bing:

    We recommend parents go to the store, and ask if they can take the model off the shelf and go out to their car and try it. It might look great on the shelf and have all the greatest safety ratings, but if it doesn’t fit in your vehicle, it may not be the best option for you.

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