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a repository for nuclear waste
  a place where things are stored — such as a warehouse or museum


a person or place where things of a type might be found
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  • a repository for nuclear waste
  • She describes Wikipedia as a repository of all human knowledge.
  • That bar is a repository of lost dreams.
  • The people are a repository of common sense, which dull though it is, is a barrier to the mad schemes, whether of social engineering or foreign adventures, hatched by specialists and intellectuals.
    Richard A. Posner  --  Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy

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  • But (a) summers were for smart-kid camp so that he could further his learning and (b) a real job would distract him from his real work, which was becoming an ever-larger repository of knowledge, and (c) Colin didn’t really have any marketable skills.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She was a kind of repository of history and island lore.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It’s the one I remember from our Toronto house; I still think of it as mysterious, the repository of treasure.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The chest was the repository of the surgical side of Beaton’s practice.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There were the vast repositories where the corrected documents were stored, and the hidden furnaces where the original copies were destroyed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I went; sought the repository he had mentioned, found the articles named, and returned with them.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • With the discovery by Clausen and Treadwell that wild potato seeds may be repositories of swainsonine or some similarly toxic compound, a compelling case can be made for these seeds having caused McCandless s death.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Langdon had to admit, there existed an intriguing symmetry in the idea of the Templars building a modern Grail repository that echoed the Grail’s original hiding place.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The stones have no magic of their own, but you may use them as repositories for your power and draw upon that reserve when in need.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • His slight strangeness set him apart and made him safe as a repository.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I will always believe that her love of teaching came not so much from her liking for students but from her desire to make sure that some of the things she knew would find repositories so that they could be shared again.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I found a tremendous blank, in the place of that smiling repository of my confidence.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • His marital breast is the repository of secrets which decorum is reluctant to adduce.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Over those years, he has trusted me as a repository of his memories, fears, hopes, and most intimate feelings.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Aside from being the pump that keeps us alive, the heart is also, and has been since ancient times, the symbolic repository of emotion.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He had not only promised to return to her, but he was the repository of all the last messages of their only son; now dead or at least translated.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Gringotts had seemed a place of wonder that day, the enchanted repository of a trove of gold he had never known he possessed, and never for an instant could he have dreamed that he would return to steal… But within seconds they were standing in the vast marble hall of the bank.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • But he could not find the slightest hint that she was in fact the repository of the other half of his secret.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • As an early repository for Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection of books on science and philosophy, the library stood as a symbol of America’s commitment to the dissemination of knowledge.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • During the turbulent time of hunger and crime after the bombing, thieves had broken into two fortlike storage repositories next to his mother’s house and taken many valued heirlooms, including a lacquer box given to the doctor’s grandfather by the Emperor, an ancient case for writing brushes and ink blocks.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Since this bottom couldn’t be reached by man (the windows being too small to admit the passage of a body), it served as a fearful repository for things that people wanted to put out of their lives.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • While they uncovered the sheaves he stood apathetic beside his portable repository of force, round whose hot blackness the morning air quivered.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Mr. Tulkinghorn is always the same speechless repository of noble confidences, so oddly but of place and yet so perfectly at home.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Later, after the Riders established themselves on the island of Vroengard and therein built a repository for the Eldunari, wild dragons and paired dragons both entrusted their hearts to the Riders for safekeeping .
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • What is perceived as being known is only a small part of what may be stored in this dark repository.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • From then onwards he became the repository of all her womanly feelings.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …as a great number of his tenants; that about seven years ago, a club of those projectors came to him with proposals to destroy this mill, and build another on the side of that mountain, on the long ridge whereof a long canal must be cut, for a repository of water, to be conveyed up by pipes and engines to supply the mill, because the wind and air upon a height agitated the water, and thereby made it fitter for motion, and because the water, descending down a declivity, would turn the…
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • In fact, the two perspectives are finally inseparable: serving as a repository of the past in an unlettered culture, the singer of epic aspired to be traditional, to retell the oldest stories without obvious novelty or idiosyncrasy; yet these same traditions were so profuse and so many-sided in their meanings that only the strongest poetic vision could have wrought from them the definitive shaping that is The Iliad.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • She looked a good deal older, but her eye was as bright as ever and her head as erect; her thin lips seemed a repository of latent meanings.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • On the last morning of his stay, after breakfast, Moira found him standing at the door of a small outside room beside the laundry, now used as a repository for luggage, ironing boards, gum boots, and junk of every description.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • With its many occultish-looking folds, it also served as the repository for the paraphernalia of a very heavy cigarette smoker and an amateur handyman; two oversized pockets had been added at the hips, and they usually contained two or three packs of cigarettes, several match folders, a screwdriver, a claw-end hammer, a Boy Scout knife that had once belonged to one of her sons, and an enamel faucet handle or two, plus an assortment of screws, nails, hinges, and ball-bearing casters—all…
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Mythology has been interpreted by the modern intellect as a primitive, fumbling effort to explain the world of nature (Frazer); as a production of poetical fantasy from prehistoric times, misunderstood by succeeding ages (Muller); as a repository of allegorical instruction, to shape the individual to his group (Durkheim); as a group dream, symptomatic of archetypal urges within the depths of the human psyche (Jung); as the traditional vehicle of man’s profoundest metaphysical insights…
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Various were the conjectures which Jones entertained on this step of Lady Bellaston; who, in reality, had little farther design than to secure within her own house the repository of a secret, which she chose should make no farther progress than it had made already; but mostly, she desired to keep it from the ears of Sophia; for though that young lady was almost the only one who would never have repeated it again, her ladyship could not persuade herself of this; since, as she now hated…
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • the common sink and repository of all heterogeneous and unknown corruptions.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Canada certainly was a repository for the dregs of French society, Frederic thought for the thousandth time.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Fanny opening her reticule, as they surveyed these things, produced from that repository a shilling and handed it to Uncle.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In any case, the repository for the me was the local temple, which was a database of me, controlled by a priest/king called an en.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • In Japan, sumo is not only the national sport but also a repository of the country’s religious, military, and historical emotion.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • She looked a good deal older, but her eye was as bright as ever and her head as erect; her thin lips seemed a repository of latent meanings.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • This mountain and its ravines had been the seat of old religious ceremonies, honeycombed with noiseless Indian life, the repository of Indian secrets, for many centuries, the Padre remarked.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • No secrets are kept from me, for I am the repository of all secrets! I have volumes on governments everywhere, on their leaders, their generals, their highest officials-I have sources all over the world!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "The sacred rites of closing the eyes, of composing the limbs, and of preparing for burial the lifeless repository of the departed soul is our holy mission; it is for us, the living, to pour balm upon the broken heart of Grief, to soothe the widow’s ache, to brush away the orphan’s tears; it is for us, the living, to highly resolve that—"
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Sources regarding the ongoing controversy include L. Coriell, "Cell Repository," Science 180, no.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The man of the Fancy Repository and Brompton Emporium of Fine Arts (of whom she bought the screens, vainly hoping that he would repurchase them when ornamented by her hand) can hardly hide the sneer with which he examines these feeble works of art.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • In the country the repository of art and science was the school, and the schoolteacher shielded and carried the torch of learning and of beauty.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The herb garden, valuable repository of healing and flavors that it was, was cradled in an inner courtyard, large enough to allow for sun, but sheltered from spring winds, with its own wellhead.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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