• WordNet 3.6
    • n silo a cylindrical tower used for storing silage
    • n silo military installation consisting of an underground structure where ballistic missiles can be stored and fired
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Silo A pit or vat for packing away green fodder for winter use so as to exclude air and outside moisture. See Ensilage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silo A pit or chamber in the ground, or a cavity in a rock, or more rarely a warm air-tight structure above ground, for the storing of green crops for future use as fodder in the state called ensilage. The material is tightly packed in the silo soon after it is gathered (sometimes with addition of a little salt), covered, and pressed down with heavy weights. Thus it is subjected to fermentation, which, if not carried too far, is beneficial rather than injurious. The resulting fodder is analogous in its nutritious quality to sauerkraut, which is the product of fermentation of cabbage. Similar pits or cavities in the ground or in rock have been used from remote times, in various parts of the world, for the prolonged preservation of grain in a dry state, through the careful exclusion of air and moisture.
    • silo To preserve in a silo; make silage or ensilage of.
    • n silo The pit silo has, in America, largely given way to above-ground structures of brick or stone or, commonly, of wood, these being found cheaper, equally effective, and more convenient except on hillsides. The wooden silo was at first rectangular, but for greater strength and to avoid the spoiling of silage in the corners a round form has been largely adopted. Round wooden silos are walled either with staves (see stave silo), or with studding lined and sheathed with boards or inside lathed and plastered with cement. The foundation in either case is of stone laid in cement. The superstructure may be sunk a short distance into the ground. Rectangular (and square) silos (preferred inside a rectangular building) are built with studding. All above-ground silos require doors, which are placed one above another and are often covered with an external shoot down which the silage falls as it is taken out. Outdoor silos usually require a roof with provision for ventilation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Silo sī′lō a pit for packing and storing green crops for fodder in the state known as ensilage
    • v.t Silo to preserve in a silo
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

It happened to be the first silo on the Divide, and Alexandra's neighbors and her men were skeptical about it.
"O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather
For two days they continued violent attacks, penetrating to within 20 miles of Venice, at Capo Silo.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
Did he not have the largest barn and the best corn silo?
"Adventures In Contentment" by David Grayson
My mammy an' pappy, Silo an' Fanny Moss belonged to Marse Jordan an' Mis' Sally Moss.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
He doesn't store away any nice sweet corn in a silo for me.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And before long, since we're to go in more and more for live stock, we must have a silo at Alabama Ranch.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
We were glad to learn the sculptor's name, Gil de Siloe.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
That was his new silo over yonder, that she could see.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
There is a red barn and silo and two fallen trees.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
There should be no direct opening from any silo or grain pit into the room in which the milch cows are kept.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell

In poetry:

I am sick
Of it, and I go on
Living, alone, alone,
Past the charred silos, past the hidden graves
Of Chippewas and Norwegians.
"Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wreckage Of The Moon: Christmas, 1960" by James Wright
For it doth make best ensilage,
For those in dairying engage
It makes the milk in streams to flow,
Where dairymen have a good silo.
"Ensilage" by James McIntyre
Blue poured into summer blue,
A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
That part of my life was forever over.
"End Of Summer" by Stanley Kunitz

In news:

A tree rises inside an empty silo near Lawrence, Kan.
New Development Project Will Impact Diner and Landmark Silo.
Alexandria REIT tries to shift R&D ventures from silos to campus 'for adults'.
Cold War Missile Silo Becomes Automated Home.
Outgoing Health IT Czar Worries About Information Silos.
Custom harvesters who pack clients' bunker silos or silage piles may want to check silage density levels either to prove or improve their services.
Farm silos and the St Peter's Union Church dominate the background.
Companies and application providers can no longer look at customer service as a series of silos, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
High-moisture distillers grains can be successfully stored in bunker silos in the summer, according to Illinois State University research.
The Quick Draw silo system is designed to eliminate the jogging or reversing of trucks while on the scale.
GREENE – Commerce Chenango has announced the 2008 award recipients that will be presented at the 49th Annual Dinner on Wednesday at the Silo in Greene.
Silos continue to prevent banks from getting a truly enterprise-wide view of risk, survey suggests.
The 90-ton doors stand open above the silo.
The observatory at Primland Resort , designed to resemble a grain silo, is one of the best outside of the West.
When the industry was siloed, with different systems operating on different platforms, it was much less effective than it is today.

In science:

INTRODUCTION The classical engineering theory of Janssen provides an estimate for the mean vertical stress in a silo filled with a granular material.
Forces on Bins - The Effect of Random Friction
An orifice of width D at the center (x0 , y0 ) of this obstacle allows the bubbles to empty out the silo.
Dense bubble flow in a silo: an unusual flow of a dispersed medium
Our experiment is then analogous to the gravity-driven granular flow in a flat bottomed 2D silo, emptying out of a central orifice .
Dense bubble flow in a silo: an unusual flow of a dispersed medium
The bubble flow rate Q has been evaluated by counting the number of bubbles flowing out of the silo, at different tilt angles θ of the plane.
Dense bubble flow in a silo: an unusual flow of a dispersed medium
This is probably due to the nature of forces between the particles and with the walls: the frictions inside a granular medium are much more important than in a bubble flow and consequently slow down the silo discharge.
Dense bubble flow in a silo: an unusual flow of a dispersed medium