Main definitions of ISO in English

: iso1ISO2ISO3

ISO1

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proper noun

  • International Organization for Standardization.

Pronunciation

ISO

/ˌaēesˈō/ /ˌaiesˈoʊ/

Origin

From Greek isos ‘equal’; the term is often erroneously thought to be an abbreviation.

Main definitions of ISO in English

: iso1ISO2ISO3

ISO2

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abbreviation

historical
  • (in the UK) Imperial Service Order, awarded to British and Commonwealth civil servants (discontinued in 1993).

Main definitions of iso in English

: iso1ISO2ISO3

iso3

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noun

  • 1mainly Australian informal A state or period of isolating from others, especially in order to avoid catching or transmitting an infectious disease.

    • ‘my friends commented on how we forgot how to socialize while we were in iso’
    • ‘our eight-day iso feels like a month’
    • ‘an iso ward’
  • 2American Football Basketball
    as modifier Denoting a play in which an attacking player engages a particular defender in a one-on-one match-up.

    • ‘he came bursting through on an iso play for a 52-yard touchdown’

Pronunciation

iso

/ˈīsō/ /ˈaɪsoʊ/

Origin

1930s abbreviation of isolation.