Silo meaning

sīlō
The definition of a silo is an airtight tower or pit, usually next to a barn, used for grain storage, or a missile shelter.

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.

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An underground shelter for a missile, usually equipped to launch the missile or to raise it into a launching position.
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(pejorative, management) An organizational unit that has poor interaction with other units, negatively affecting overall performance.
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To store in a silo.
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An airtight pit or tower in which green fodder is preserved.
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A large, underground facility for the control, storage, and launching of a long-range ballistic missile.
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To store in a silo.
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A separate space. See data silo and siloed application.
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(agriculture) A vertical building, usually circular, used for the storage of grain.
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(military) An underground bunker used to hold missiles which may be launched.
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(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.

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To store in a silo.
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Origin of silo

  • Spanish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary