wire

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
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
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 sense 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
8
wirelike adjective

wire

2 of 2

verb

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 noun
Phrases
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Utilizing Bluetooth technology, these headphones allow seamless pairing with various devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and smart TVs, eliminating the need for cumbersome wires. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2024 On each chip, these buses might be as narrow as 10–20 wires per micrometer. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Feb. 2024 The pole fell onto the northbound and southbound Blue Line tracks, leaving an electrical wire hanging on the caternary system — the overhead wire that supplies power to the trains, said MTS spokesperson Hector Zermeno. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 That is still a goal today, but an often-greater goal is using a wire to penetrate search engine page results (referred to as SERPs). Andrea Aker, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The set comes with five realistic bird options to hand from the bendy wire and a suction replacement. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 What this meant: When Nigeria paused on the wet gas, a legal wire was tripped. Jesse Barron, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Later pictures, which the group said were taken in early February, appear to show three vertical layers of coiled barbed wire being installed on top of the wall. Fox News, 9 Feb. 2024 Invert cakes onto wire racks; cool completely, about 45 minutes. Anna Theoktisto, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024
Verb
Because our nervous system is still primarily wired for our survival, and anything that doesn’t comply with our expectations is seen as an initial threat. Hylke Faber, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 End of carousel Many folks who are wired to save can’t understand those who don’t prioritize building an emergency fund or share their awe at the power of compound interest. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Sometimes scammers instruct victims to wire funds to a metal dealer who will ship the precious metals to victims’ houses. USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 The scammers instruct the targets to wire money, in many cases directly to overseas recipients. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 Those feelings had intensified after 24 soldiers were killed Monday as a building was being wired for demolition with explosives. NBC News, 25 Jan. 2024 The imperial mode of living has wired us to associate smaller numbers and negative slopes with decay. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 Seemingly hauled up en masse, the forms are wired together and slapped onto a rectilinear steel support, like writhing refugees from a maritime disaster. Julia Couzens, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Curry was wired with a microphone for Golden State’s game last Thursday night against Sacramento and had a discussion with Warriors teammate Brandin Podziemski about Ionescu, who scored an almost-perfect 37 points in the WNBA’s 3-point contest last summer. Tim Reynolds, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of wire was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wire. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

wire

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: metal in the form of a usually flexible thread or slender rod
b
: a thread or rod of metal
2
a
: a line of wire for conducting electrical current
b
: a telephone or telegraph wire or system
3
a
: the finish line of a race
b
: the final moment
the game came down to the wire
wirelike adjective

wire

2 of 2 verb
wired; wiring
1
: to provide or equip with wire or electricity
wire a house
2
: to bind, string, or mount with wire
3
: to send or send word to by telegraph
wire me some money right away

Medical Definition

wire

noun
: 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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