wire

noun, often attributive
\ ˈwī(-ə)r How to pronounce wire (audio) \

Definition of wire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod
b : a thread or rod of such material
2a : 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
5a : a line of wire for conducting electric current — compare cord sense 3b
b : a telephone or telegraph wire or system especially : wire service
6 : fencing or a fence of usually barbed wire
7a : the finish line of a race
b : the final decisive moment (as of a contest) the negotiations came down to the wire
8 : wirehair
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

wire

verb
wired; wiring

Definition of wire (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from wire

Noun

wirelike \ ˈwī(-​ə)r-​ˌlīk How to pronounce wirelike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

wirer \ ˈwī(-​ə)r-​ər How to pronounce wirer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for wire

Synonyms: Noun

cable, cord, lace, lacing, line, rope, string

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Examples of wire in a Sentence

Noun

The flowers were bound together with thin wire. There was a wire sticking out of the chair. A telephone wire had fallen on the road during the storm. A short black wire connects the computer's monitor to its keyboard. The undercover officer wore a wire to her meeting with the drug dealer.

Verb

The house will be wired next week. My room is wired for cable. The microphone is wired to the speaker. You can wire the generator to a car battery. Her jaw was wired shut after the accident. She wired the money home to Canada. Can you wire me $300? When you get in to town, wire me.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shaun molded every piece of wire to fit me perfectly, adjusting it, matching up the lines, and then using the tiniest screws in the world to fasten me in. Vogue, "Laura Morgan, the Artist and Cult Model, Is Back on Fashion’s Radar," 27 Dec. 2018 One filed a report for the 150 meters of electrical wire he hadn’t been compensated for. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 The fence would consist of six wires strung to a height of six feet. Rachel St. John, Smithsonian, "The Raging Controversy at the Border Began With This Incident 100 Years Ago," 26 June 2018 An eruv is a symbolic boundary created with a string of fishing wire typically hung from a series of utility poles or other structures. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "What is an eruv?," 22 June 2018 Someone would run a shin-high line of wire across the path. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 The silica membrane bungalow was constructed on a 300 by 300 micrometer plot of wire via a nanorobotics system that makes use of an ion gun, gas injection system, and vacuum chamber. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This is truly the world’s tiniest tiny house," 25 May 2018 Also inside, stretching as far as the eye could see, were bundles of wires and detonation charges to prepare for the tunnels' imminent destruction. Tim Schwarz And Will Ripley, CNN, "The day we saw decades of North Korea's nuclear work go up in smoke," 25 May 2018 Tangles of electrical wires hang from the crumbling facades of dusty store-fronts and narrow, overcrowded homes. Susannah George, Fox News, "Iraqi Shiite cleric gained ground with nationalist voice," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool completely. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pies," 15 Feb. 2019 Secondly, there were seven people in a room sometime after the election that were trying to wire the president and taken down basically, take the law in their own hands. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 Hossain then called the man and said the money had been transferred into his account by mistake and needed to be wired back, the affidavit said. Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fraudster in Orlando tricked Michigan man into wiring $19K — twice, cops say," 11 July 2018 At most auctions, various breeders typically offer anywhere from a handful to two dozen dogs, so the mix available for bid can run the alphabet from Akitas and Australian shepherds to wire fox and Yorkshire terriers. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Dog rescuers from Alabama and elsewhere buy animals from breeders they scorn," 13 Apr. 2018 The gizmo of tubes, coils and wiring looks like something from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, useful for glamorizing the monster’s bride. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Harald Szeemann': A rare, fascinating exhibition about the curator, not the artist," 8 Mar. 2018 The latest update, released yesterday, shows that carriers have a way to go in restoring service for both mobile networks and wired connections to people's homes. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon fiber suffered “unprecedented” damage from Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 Appetizers arrive on plates, but the other dishes are relegated to wire baskets lined with black-and-white checkered paper that plays off the automotive motif. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Food at this craft-beer Valhalla is better than it needs to be | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 If your fan is no longer working, refer to the manufacturer's manual and check all wiring connections and fuses. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How To Prepare Your Kitchen for a Thanksgiving Feast," 24 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of wire

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wire

Noun

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"

Verb

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

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wire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

wire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wire (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈwīr How to pronounce wire (audio) \

Kids Definition of wire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3 : telegram

wire

verb
wired; wiring

Kids Definition of wire (Entry 2 of 2)

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

wire

noun
\ ˈwī(ə)r How to pronounce wire (audio) \

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

Other Words from wire

wire transitive verb wired; wiring

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