[ bahy-ohs ]

  1. computer firmware that directs many basic functions of the operating system, as booting and keyboard control.

Origin of BIOS

First recorded in 1975–80; abbreviation of B(asic) I(nput)/O(utput) S(ystem)

Words Nearby BIOS Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use BIOS in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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