[ sahy-lohd ]


  1. put into or preserved in a silo, a tall, cylindrical structure for storing grain, animal feed, etc.:

    After the siloed feed had cured and settled, we found that we had 81 tons.

  2. (of a group, unit, enterprise, etc.) separated or isolated from others, and typically viewed as not deriving the benefits of interrelationships or collaboration:

    Our coalition seeks to develop partnerships across the traditionally siloed sectors of criminal justice, healthcare, and social services.

  3. Computers. relating to or being data in a repository that is inaccessible to other systems, subsystems, or applications:

    The shift from siloed data to cloud storage opens up greater possibilities for sharing data across a wide range of stakeholders and researchers.

  4. Military. (of a ballistic missile and its firing equipment) placed or stored in a specially designed underground installation made of concrete and steel:

    Hope for survival was based on striking first and thereby gaining an advantage by reducing the enemy’s siloed missiles.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of silo.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of siloed1

First recorded in 1880–85; 2000–05 siloed fordef 3; 1980–85 siloed fordef 4; silo ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; silo ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

So we invented, in a way, a new management organization with communities, completely across silos, across divisions, so that anyone could join a project for few hours, a few days or a few weeks in order to work on it.

The result is a force multiplier that reduces silos, inefficiencies and cost while enabling organizations to treat content as a true business asset.

From Digiday

When we think about all of these silos, you can sum them up as the way your team operates, the technology from which they’re operating, the channels across which they’re driving, and then, ultimately, the data that it creates.

Meanwhile, that data is exploited by the silo in question, leading to increasing, very reasonable, public skepticism about how personal data is being misused.

From Fortune

Five or ten years ago, each marketing channel was managed in a silo and the folks working on that channel didn’t have the larger picture of the entire customer journey.

The two men agree on one thing, that “USA Today has been kind of siloed at Gannett,” as Kramer puts it.

When the refuse has been siloed for eight months, and 12 per cent.