Definition of silo in English:

silo

Syllabification: si·lo
Pronunciation: /ˈsīlō
 
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noun (plural silos)

1A tower or pit on a farm used to store grain.
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  • Just as I imagined it, with cows everywhere and lots of farms, silos, grain elevators, lakes - the whole nine yards.
  • Machine sheds, empty livestock buildings, and silos can all hold grain, provided you do some preparation work.
  • Be ready to point out the similarity between a wind tower and existing communications towers, or even grain elevators and silos, he said.
1.1A pit or other airtight structure in which green crops are compressed and stored as silage.
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  • At this point the stover part of the plant has good digestibility, and the moisture is usually in the desired range for storage in airtight silos.
  • The buildings, ranged along a street, are simple stone structures with only one room, but all equipped with silos or dolia (enormous storage jars) partly buried in their floors.
  • He feeds silage when lack of rain reduces pasture potential, ensiling sorghum-Sudangrass, soybeans or pasture clippings in trench silos.
2An underground chamber in which a guided missile is kept ready for firing.
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  • This system allowed Looking Glass to transmit launch codes to the intercontinental ballistic missiles in their underground silos should ground launch control centers become disabled.
  • Protected in underground silos, the new missiles were ready for immediate launch.
  • In August 1965, a civilian crew was working underground in the silo of this missile site and a fire erupted, killing 53 workers.
3A system, process, department, etc. that operates in isolation from others: it’s vital that team members step out of their silos and start working together [as modifier]: we have made significant strides in breaking down that silo mentality
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  • I do not back up my data silos frequently enough.
  • The computing tier of data centers still looks like a collection of hardwired boxes, each dedicated to a specific application silo.
  • The problem is, the surfeit of data sits in silos, available only to one particular agency.

verb (siloes, siloing, siloed)

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Isolate (one system, process, department, etc.) from others: most companies have expensive IT systems they have developed over the years, but they are siloed why are so many companies still siloing their SEO and social media marketing? (as adjective siloed) managers have been told to break down the walls between siloed applications
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  • I wish he had gone a step further instead of continuing to silo the problems of health care, climate change and economic crisis.
  • He requested a weekly luncheon with the president and freedom to range across all areas rather than being ‘siloed’ in a handful of policy areas.
  • In the past, research was very siloed, very much an individual effort.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek siros 'cornpit'.

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