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1. a place where goods are stored prior to their use, distribution, or sale
3. Chiefly Brit a large commercial, esp wholesale, establishment
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A place in which goods and merchandise are stored; a storehouse. Built usually of masonry, there was little need for windows, and as a result most restorations need to cut new windows or enlarge those in the existing structure.
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What does it mean when you dream about a warehouse?

Dreaming about a warehouse might be about past memories or something else in the past. Alternatively, perhaps we have put something in storage, such as artistic ambitions, in order to pursue something else.

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(industrial engineering)
A building used for storing merchandise and commodities.
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A building designed for the storage of various goods.
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data warehouse

A database designed to support decision making in an organization. Data from the production databases are copied to the data warehouse so that queries can be performed without disturbing the performance or the stability of the production systems.

Data Marts
Data warehouses can become enormous with hundreds of gigabytes of transactions. As a result, subsets, known as "data marts," are often created for just one department or product line.

Updated at the End of a Period
Data warehouses are generally batch updated at the end of the day, week or some period. Its contents are typically historical and static and may also contain numerous summaries.

Operational Data Stores
The data warehouse is structured to support a variety of analyses, including elaborate queries on large amounts of data that can require extensive searching. When databases are set up for queries on daily transactions, they are often called "operational data stores" rather than data warehouses (see ODS). See OLAP, decision support system, EIS and BI software.
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