underwire

noun
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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When the air gets sticky and the temperature hits above 90 degrees, there’s nothing worse than having an underwire digging into your skin. Plus, a rigid bra is not exactly the best accompaniment to your collection of narrowly cut tank tops. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Here Are the 15 Best Bralettes for Summer," 16 Aug. 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," 2 Aug. 2018 For the brand’s summer collection, McGrady helped design 10 new swimsuits, making sure to include details like molded cups with underwire and thick material for support. Kelly Bales, Allure, "Why Model Hunter McGrady Prays for the Haters," 26 July 2018 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

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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underwire

noun

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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