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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 for silos
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  • Newly built versions come complete with porches, silos and turrets.
  • Above the silos are rectangular storage containers containing gray ash to protect them from pests.
  • In certain areas, you can measure distances by counting the silos.
  • Aside from looming coal silos and a few roads across the mesas, the underground mines make scant visible marks on the land.
  • From the sky, its four silos in an unusual stair-step row set the farm apart from its neighbors.
  • The murky floodwaters sloshed against farmhouses, telephone poles, towering silos.
  • Alongside the image of academic departments as barren silos is another image of interconnected knowledge-a web.
  • And that's also an excellent way to dismantle the silos that stood in the way of overall school unity.
  • If we're still teaching in academic silos, then no, we're not.
British Dictionary definitions for silos

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 silos
silo
1835, from Sp. silo, from L. sirum (nom. sirus), from Gk. siros "a pit to keep corn in." Or, alternately, the Sp. 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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Encyclopedia Article for silos

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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