wire

noun, often attributive
\ ˈwī(-ə)r \

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 \ adjective

Verb

wirer \ ˈwī(-​ə)r-​ər \ 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

Hooks are useful for aprons, mops, shopping totes, grilling tools, and more, while pull-out wire baskets are great for storing fruits and veggies. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Pantry," 11 Feb. 2019 The solution to the first problem is electricity: In Arctic, the pilot takes a battery from his plane, runs some wire to it, strips the other ends, and uses the heat generated by the electricity flowing through them to melt the ice. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 LEEPs are short procedures which use a small electrical wire loop to remove the abnormal cells. Leana Wen, SELF, "Before I Was President of Planned Parenthood, I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer at a Routine Screening," 28 Jan. 2019 That’s in part because these are the places most likely to have actual holes cut into the building envelope to make way for pipes and wires. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019 Indeed, while the 21st-century image of a genius may wear a white lab coat (or, perhaps, a black turtleneck and wire-rim glasses), for most of human history, the word’s meaning defied such distinctions. Vogue, "Isn’t It Genius? Moncler Will Smarten Up Your Fall Wardrobe," 4 Oct. 2018 Poke 2 holes in top of pumpkin with awl; insert wire curls. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Entireworld is the answer to a simpler, possibly more difficult, question, too, that Sternberg, in gold wire-rim glasses and with a splash of gray in his scruff, poses in his office. Sam Schube, GQ, "Scott Sternberg on His New Line, His Exit from Band of Outsiders, and Making Clothes for the Entire World," 4 Apr. 2018 Take a length of wire and tie a weight to each end. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Every student is wired differently, with our own unique aptitudes that may not have a place to shine in standardized testing. Haley Hershenson, Teen Vogue, "My SAT Scores Don’t Define Me," 4 Oct. 2018 New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, who grew up in Shelby and played for Appalachian State, was more emphatic in description of how Walker is wired. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "‘I ain’t coming out!’ With Kobe-like zeal, Kemba Walker wills Hornets to a win.," 2 Feb. 2018 My parents were aesthetically wired to combine imagination with a quirky eye. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Leslie Klotz on Her Parisian-Inspired Apartment in Manhattan," 8 Dec. 2014 Fully wired side tables and reading lights were installed on either side of the bed, so Keltie could stay up late and read. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This is How TV Personality Keltie Knight Crafted the Bedroom of Her Dreams," 25 Oct. 2018 Plan ahead: Parking for Kentucky Derby 2018 is a lot different than you're used to And a jockey, trainer and owner will be wired-for-sound for final jockeys’ instructions and post-race reactions. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir wore to Kentucky Derby 2018," 3 May 2018 Meditation is clinically proven to ameliorate the trauma that lies triggered and wired in our brains, waiting for life to trip us up. refinery29.com, "Ashley Judd, #MeToo Survivor: How I Healed, and How You Can Too," 1 May 2018 Current and former State Department officials said Kelly was hard-wired to view Latin America’s complex problems in stark good-vs.-evil terms. Nick Miroff, miamiherald, "In Latin America, John Kelly trained for a job serving President Trump," 7 Jan. 2018 For that matter, AT&T still has its giant wireless and wired telecom business. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Hollywood vs. #MeToo and Streaming," 28 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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