silo

noun
si·​lo | \ ˈsī-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce silo (audio) \
plural silos

Definition of silo

1 : a trench, pit, or especially a tall cylinder (as of wood or concrete) usually sealed to exclude air and used for making and storing silage
2a : a deep bin for storing material (such as coal)
b : an underground structure for housing a guided missile

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Magnolia fans won't have to venture far—located at 418 S. Eighth St., the property sits just a block away from the area's iconic silos (and probably not too far away from Jimmy Don Holmes's new store!). Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Opening a Coffee Shop So Plan Your Trip to Waco Now," 20 Feb. 2019 This 7,210-square-foot home includes an observation deck on the top of a silo with a 360-degree rotating dome and Celestron telescope. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A London Rental Reaches for the Stars," 5 Sep. 2018 Things have changed, though, and people often use the metaphor of a silo. Sean Illing, Vox, "A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem," 14 Aug. 2018 For decades, the same agencies operated in silos, seldom sharing data, staff or case files. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn's promised jobs boom could miss neighboring city Racine," 6 Apr. 2018 Each House signifies a component of life, but none of these subsections exist within a silo: The Twelve Houses also operate as a single unit, a collective that comprises the entire 360-degree wheel. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Reduced Detection Whether the helicopters are evacuating personnel or defending nuclear missile silos, adversaries would no doubt be interested in locating and tracking them. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 2018 About 100 metric tons of rice-like plastic pellets pour into towering metal silos. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis," 12 Dec. 2018 In addition to waves of grain and ponds of water, massive barrelhouses and shiny new grain silos also are found on the farm. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "A spirited partnership with Woodinville Whiskey Co. saved the day (and then some) at a struggling family farm," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of silo

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for silo

Spanish

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The first known use of silo was in 1856

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silo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silo

: a tower that is used to store food (such as grain or grass) for farm animals
: an underground structure that is used for storing and firing a missile

silo

noun
si·​lo | \ ˈsī-lō How to pronounce silo (audio) \
plural silos

Kids Definition of silo

: a covered trench, pit, or especially a tall round building in which silage is made and stored

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Britannica English: Translation of silo for Arabic Speakers

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