un·der·wire | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwī(-ə)r \

Definition of underwire 

: a wire running through the bottom edge of a brassiere to aid in support

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There's no underwire, hooks or plastic strap adjusters, so these bras are virtually seamless without any lumps and bumps even under the thinnest material. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Take Our Money! These Supportive Bras Are as Comfy as Sports Bras But as Pretty as Camisoles," 6 July 2015 And there’s Stickee Bra, the company that claims — however dubiously — that bras with underwires might cause cancer. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Can an online quiz deliver the perfect bra? These Instagram-famous companies think so," 12 June 2018 Whether the underwire pokes out of the fabric or the strap breaks, the loss of your best bra is always a sad, sad day in a girl's life. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "15 Struggles Anyone Who's Ever Worn A Bra Will Understand," 7 Apr. 2015 Between uncomfortable underwires, pretty-yet-impractical frills or unflattering silhouettes, shopping for the perfect pair of underwear is not an easy task. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "This Underwear Collection Already Has a 30,000 Person Waitlist," 27 Mar. 2018 Go up a cup size if your underwire pokes you or rides up. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips For Finding The Right Size Bra For You," 4 Jan. 2018 The cups have underwire, slight padding, boning down the sides, and clear adhesive wings. Annie James, Cosmopolitan, "I Tried 16 Sticky Bras — Here Are the Ones That Actually Worked," 24 Feb. 2016 Go wire-free Being small-chested gives you the major advantage of being able to bypass the uncomfortable stuff—so opt for a bra sans underwire and avoid the skin-digging so many other women have to suffer. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "4 Bra Secrets for A-Cup Girls," 1 June 2015 The whole thing was freeing, not just because I was physically liberated from the shackles of underwire, thongs, and control-top pantyhose. Andrea Bartz, Redbook, "This Crazy Thing My Friend and I Did the First Day of Vacation Changed Our Whole Trip," 24 Apr. 2017

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underwire

: wire running through the bottom edge of a brassiere to provide support for a woman's breasts

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