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"silo" in British English

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silonoun [C]

uk   /ˈsaɪ.ləʊ/  us   /-loʊ/ (plural silos)
  • silo noun [C] (PART)

a ​part of a ​company, ​organization, or ​system that does not ​communicate with, ​understand, or ​work well with other ​parts: We ​found that a lot of ​people work in silos - they don't ​see the ​connections between what they do and how another ​part of the ​airlineoperates. the silo mentality that ​keeps different ​parts of the ​healthcareindustry from ​working together
(Definition of silo from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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silonoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɑɪ·loʊ/ (plural silos)
a ​largestructure, usually ​cylindrical, used for ​storinggrain or ​winterfood for ​farmanimals A silo is also an ​undergroundstructure for ​storing and ​firingmissiles (= ​flyingweapons).
(Definition of silo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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