BIOS

BIOS

[bahy-ohs]
noun
computer firmware that directs many basic functions of the operating system, as booting and keyboard control.

Origin:
B(asic) I(nput)/O(utput) S(ystem)

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bio

[bahy-oh] Informal.
noun, plural bios.
adjective
4.
biological: a bio control service using praying mantises to reduce the population of garden pests.

Origin:
1945–50; by shortening; as adj., independent use of bio-, taken as a free form

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World English Dictionary
bio (ˈbaɪəʊ)
 
n , pl bios
short for biography

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Word Origin & History

bio
short for biography, attested from 1961.
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Computing Dictionary

BIOS definition


Basic Input/Output System

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
bio
  1. biographical summary

  2. biology

BIO
Biotechnology Industry Organization
BIOS
Basic Input/Output System
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