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BIOS

[bahy-ohs] /ˈbaɪ oʊs/
noun
1.
computer firmware that directs many basic functions of the operating system, as booting and keyboard control.
Origin of BIOS
B(asic) I(nput)/O(utput) S(ystem)

bio

[bahy-oh] /ˈbaɪ oʊ/ Informal.
noun, plural bios.
1.
2.
adjective
4.
biological:
a bio control service using praying mantises to reduce the population of garden pests.
Origin
1945-50; by shortening; as adj., independent use of bio-, taken as a free form
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  • This BIOS had hardly been twelve months on the boards as yet!

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • "BIOS be d––––," said Sexty, uttering a string of heavy imprecations.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • Should he run one further great chance with BIOS,—and if so, by whose assistance?

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • It was the same BIOS whose nature and drift and ways and methods and aspects engaged them all.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for BIOS

bio

/ˈbaɪəʊ/
noun (pl) bios
1.
short for biography
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for BIOS

bio

n.

short for biography, attested from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for BIOS

bio

noun

A biography, esp a brief one in a yearbook, theater program, etc: By now Jenny had read my bio in the program ( first form 1950s+, second 1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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