- An example of a silo is a cylinder shaped building where a farmer may store grain.
- An example of a silo is an underground area to shelter and launch a missle.
- an airtight pit or tower in which green fodder is preserved
- a large, underground facility for the control, storage, and launching of a long-range ballistic missile
Origin of siloFrench from Spanish from Classical Latin sirus from Classical Greek siros, an underground granary, pit
transitive verb-·loed, -·lo·ing
- a. A usually tall cylindrical structure, typically next to a barn, in which silage is produced and stored.b. Any of several other structures or containers used for the same purpose, such as a covered trench or a polyethylene bag.
- An underground shelter for a missile, usually equipped to launch the missile or to raise it into a launching position.
transitive verbsi·loed, si·lo·ing, si·los
Origin of siloSpanish
- (agriculture) A vertical building, usually circular, used for the storage of grain.
- (military) An underground bunker used to hold missiles which may be launched.
- (pejorative, management) An organizational unit that has poor interaction with other units, negatively affecting overall performance.
- (pejorative, informatics) A structure in the information system that is poorly networked with other structures, with data exchange hampered.
- Our networking is organized in silos, and employees lose time manually transferring data.
(third-person singular simple present silos, present participle siloing, simple past and past participle siloed)
- To store in a silo.
From Spanish silo, from Basque zilo, zulo (“grain cellar”), from Latin sirus (“pit for corn, underground granary”), (compare Latin sīromastes (“pit-searcher”), from Ancient Greek σειρομάστης (seiromastēs)), from Ancient Greek σιρός (siros, “pit for holding grain”).