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silo

[sahy-loh] /ˈsaɪ loʊ/
noun, plural silos.
1.
a structure, typically cylindrical, in which fodder or forage is kept.
2.
a pit or underground space for storing grain, green feeds, etc.
3.
Military. an underground installation constructed of concrete and steel, designed to house a ballistic missile and the equipment for firing it.
verb (used with object), siloed, siloing.
4.
to put into or preserve in a silo.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Spanish: place for storing grain, hay, etc., orig. subterranean; ulterior origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for silo
  • Their loyalty to their silo frequently blinded them to the wider interests of the company as a whole.
  • There have been untold deaths from grain silo explosions over the past hundreds or perhaps thousands of years.
  • Too many companies have a silo approach to products and services.
  • And you definitely can't use them to see inside a nuclear bunker or silo.
  • It was so cold down there, you couldn't shove a shell into the gullet of a piece of artillery or a missile into a silo.
  • So this silo is not working with this silo, and now you have almost warring factions within companies.
  • The intestines and other organs can be gently squeezed into the belly with the help of a plastic pouch called a silo.
  • Olson's empty grain silo is useful only as a rustic image to promote his new vineyard and tasting room.
  • They reused a silo to hold a giant gas bag storing the methane.
  • There is a lone farm silo one mile east of my house.
British Dictionary definitions for silo

silo

/ˈsaɪləʊ/
noun (pl) -los
1.
a pit, trench, horizontal container, or tower, often cylindrical in shape, in which silage is made and stored
2.
a strengthened underground position in which missile systems are sited for protection against attack
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, perhaps from Celtic
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Word Origin and History for silo
n.

1835, from Spanish silo, traditionally derived from Latin sirum (nominative sirus), from Greek siros "a pit to keep corn in." "The change from r to l in Spanish is abnormal and Greek siros was a rare foreign term peculiar to regions of Asia Minor and not likely to emerge in Castilian Spain" [Barnhart]. Alternatively, the Spanish word is from a pre-Roman Iberian language word represented by Basque zilo, zulo "dugout, cave or shelter for keeping grain." Meaning "underground housing and launch tube for a guided missile" is attested from 1958.

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silo in Technology


The FIFO input-character buffer in an EIA-232 serial line card. So called from DEC terminology used on DH and DZ line cards for the VAX and PDP-11, presumably because it was a storage space for fungible stuff that went in at the top and came out at the bottom.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for silo

in agriculture, airtight structure that encloses and protects silage (q.v.; partially fermented fodder, called haylage if made from grass), keeping it in the succulent and slightly sour condition edible for farm animals.

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