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

Make sure your feet are not directly in front of each other (think railroad tracks, not tightrope wire). Engage your core and keep your hips tucked under (avoid arching your low back), and hold a dumbbell in each hand with arms at your sides. SELF, "Arms and Legs Strength Builder," 28 Apr. 2019 Photos show a terrifying scene: The wooden cabin appears crumpled, surrounded by forest—and some electrical wires. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Images of a Tree Falling on a Kentucky Cabin Are Terrifying," 19 Apr. 2019 Keep wire brushes in good condition and replace them when worn so metal bristles don’t stick to the grates and get into your food. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 Two of the players on the wrong side of Monday's NFL transactions wire were former Alabama offensive lineman Korren Kirven and former Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, released by the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins, respectively. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Cassanova McKinzy, Korren Kirven released by NFL teams," 30 Apr. 2018 Wilson could not confirm whether all units in the building were damaged, but said the fire might be the result of faulty electrical wires entering the building. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Neighbors rescue children from Marrero apartment fire," 29 Apr. 2018 Then, cut a small hole in one side of a soda can, run the wire through it, and smear peanut butter on the can. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Mice: The Ultimate Guide to a Rodent-Free Home," 28 Mar. 2019 Tough Day: The same thing happens but without the loose wire. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Born of Thomas Alva Edison’s ingenuity and John Pierpont Morgan’s audacity, GE built the dynamos that generated the electricity, the wires that carried it and the lightbulbs that burned it. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most vintage equipment is also skillfully hand-wired point-to-point—shortening the distances signals must flow, minimizing interference and noise in the circuits. John Clarke, WSJ, "Addicted to Audio: Why Music Obsessives Blow Their 401Ks Chasing Down Vintage Gear," 18 Oct. 2018 They're wired with repeaters by the satellite companies, which boost the signal in places satellites have a tough time reaching (think urban canyons between skyscrapers). Heather Newman, ELLE Decor, "Radio Revamp," 5 July 2012 But some Canadians are rethinking the privacy implications of giving one of the most data-hungry companies on the planet the means to wire up everything from streetlights to pavement. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Google’s plans for first wired urban community raise data-privacy concerns," 2 Oct. 2018 Early investors in Petro were invited to buy the cryptocurrency by wiring funds to a Venezuelan government account at Evrofinance, according to the department. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "U.S. Places Sanctions on Moscow-Based Evrofinance Mosnarbank," 11 Mar. 2019 The pair alleged that, unbeknownst to them, Biffle had recorded them with cameras wired in the master bedroom, bathroom, and a guest room, of the couple’s North Carolina home, the Charlotte Observer reported. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Ex-NASCAR driver Greg Biffle ordered to pay ex-wife $1 for personal recordings, jury decides," 14 Aug. 2018 Members of the Abroad for Yes group wired donations to people no longer living in Ireland. Saphora Smith /, NBC News, "Voting underway in Ireland's abortion referendum," 25 May 2018 Before this, plastic goods were manufactured for use in the war as everything from insulation for wiring to truck parts, but not for home use. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Party," 11 Apr. 2018 Beyonce wore a custom Gold wired Halo headband (originally made for Blue) by @uniquelywiredm to the #WearableArtGala 2018 That became the story of my life yesterday. refinery29.com, "Beyoncé's Gala Hairstyle Has The Cutest Backstory," 19 Mar. 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 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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