chicken wire


Definition of chicken wire

: a light galvanized wire netting of hexagonal mesh

Examples of chicken wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The instructions are pleasingly specific, down to the number of cinder blocks, the lengths of rebar and welded wire mesh (chicken wire is frowned upon), along with the necessary hammer, angle grinder, and safety goggles. Joe Ray, Wired, 5 June 2021 The final and most hotly discussed installation was Deville’s The Observatory, a chicken wire frame outline of the United States Capitol Building. Ian Malone, Vogue, 4 June 2021 The supplier recommended wrapping the machine in chicken wire and having workers clamber up as needed—something Armbrust feared would be frowned on by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tom Simonite, Wired, 17 May 2021 And a sculpture of birds made from chicken wire, to spotlight the area’s migrants and refugees’ travels from their homelands to San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 Backyard coops are in vogue and suppliers of cages, mesh wire and chickens themselves are reporting a surge in sales — a 40% increase in chicken wire sales for one seller. Chronicle Staff,, 4 Dec. 2020 Aroonsakool used chicken wire to make a sculpture reminiscent of a flock of birds. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 Use chicken wire or fencing to protect your bin from animals such as raccoons (or even the neighbor's dog). Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 19 Apr. 2021 All that separates one room from another are thin walls and chicken wire across the ceiling. Katie Prout, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of chicken wire

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chicken wire

from its use for making enclosures for chickens

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The first known use of chicken wire was in 1887

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12 Jun 2021

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“Chicken wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chicken wire

: a type of strong wire that is used especially to make fences


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