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wire

noun, often attributive \ ˈwī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of wire

1 a :metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod
b :a thread or rod of such material
2 a :wirework
b :the meshwork of parallel or woven wire on which the wet web of paper forms
3 :something (such as a thin plant stem) that is wirelike
4 wires plural
a :a system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show
b :hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization
5 a :a line of wire for conducting electric current — compare cord 3b
b :a telephone or telegraph wire or system; especially :wire service
6 :fencing or a fence of usually barbed wire
7 a :the finish line of a race
b :the final decisive moment (as of a contest)
  • the negotiations came down to the wire

wirelike

play \ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌlīk\ adjective
under the wire
1 :at the finish line
2 :at the last moment
wire to wire or from wire to wire
:from start to finish
  • led the race wire to wire

Examples of wire in a Sentence

  1. The flowers were bound together with thin wire.

  2. There was a wire sticking out of the chair.

  3. A telephone wire had fallen on the road during the storm.

  4. A short black wire connects the computer's monitor to its keyboard.

  5. The undercover officer wore a wire to her meeting with the drug dealer.

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Origin and Etymology of wire

Middle English wir, wyre, going back to Old English wīr, going back to Germanic *wīra-, whence Middle Low German wire "flexible metal, filigree," Old Norse vír-, in víravirki "filigree work," and (with presumed lowering of ī to ē2 before r) Old High German wiara, wiera "fine gold, ornament of gold filigree," going back to a nominal derivative with a suffix -r- from Indo-European *u̯ei̯H- "plait, wrap," whence Latin vieō, viēre "to plait, weave," Old Church Slavic poviti "to wrap up, bind," Lithuanian výti "to twist," and probably to Sanskrit vyayati "(it) covers, envelops," vīta- "covered, hidden"

wire Synonyms


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wire

verb

Definition of wire

wired; wiring
transitive verb
1 :to provide with wire :use wire on for a specific purpose
2 :to send or send word to by telegraph
3 :to connect by or as if by a wire
4 :to predispose, determine, or establish genetically or innately
  • controversy over the extent to which human violence is wired biologically
intransitive verb
:to send a telegraphic message

wirer

play \ˈwī(-ə)r-ər\ noun

Examples of wire in a Sentence

  1. The house will be wired next week.

  2. My room is wired for cable.

  3. The microphone is wired to the speaker.

  4. You can wire the generator to a car battery.

  5. Her jaw was wired shut after the accident.

  6. She wired the money home to Canada.

  7. Can you wire me $300?

  8. When you get in to town, wire me.

Recent Examples of wire from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of wire

Middle English *wiren (in past participle y-wyred), derivative of wyr, wire 1wire



WIRE Defined for English Language Learners

wire

noun

Definition of wire for English Language Learners

  • : a thin, flexible thread of metal

  • : a thread of metal that is covered with plastic, rubber, etc., and used to send or receive electricity or electrical signals

  • : a small microphone that is worn under clothing in order to secretly record a conversation


wire

verb

Definition of wire for English Language Learners

  • : to provide (a building, room, etc.) with wires for a particular service or for electricity

  • : to connect (a device) to another device by using wires

  • : to use wire to close or hold (something)


WIRE Defined for Kids

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wire

noun \ ˈwīr \

Definition of wire for Students

1 :metal in the form of a thread or slender rod
2 :a number of strands grouped together and used to send or receive electrical signals

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wire

verb

Definition of wire for Students

wired; wiring
1 :to provide or equip with wire
  • An electrician wired the house.
2 :to bind with wire
3 :to send or send word to by telegraph

Medical Dictionary

wire

noun \ ˈwī(ə)r \

medical Definition of wire

:metal thread or a rod used in surgery to suture soft tissue or transfix fractured bone and in orthodontic dentistry to position teeth

wire

transitive verb wired; wiring


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