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

His first appearance with the Rattlers came May 4 against the Danger, which played the Rattlers tough all the way to the wire. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Rattlers QB Drew Powell must go through his former teams on way to an IFL title," 28 June 2019 As a temporary solution, the brigade installed a 4-foot wire-mesh fence around its four rose beds earlier this year. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The roses and the rabbits can’t live together’," 24 June 2019 Now, parts of the mountainside are held back with wire mesh that climbs 40 feet in a highway repair project estimated to cost at least $85 million. NBC News, "After a year without tourists, Kauai's rugged coast reopens," 20 June 2019 Cover exterior attic and soffit vents with wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Are you ready for fire season?," 14 June 2019 All those years of heartbreak after heartbreak, devastating seasons and missed game-winners lead to a nail-biting Game 6 that The Raptors won in classic Toronto fashion: scrappy, full of heart, and down to the wire. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "The Best Fan Reactions To The Raptors' Win," 14 June 2019 Team Williams is a tough team and this is our third time playing them and each game came down to the wire. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Team Green repeats as Tamarac Men’s hoops champions," 5 June 2019 With the Sounders and LAFC looking to possibly go to the wire for Western Conference supremacy, the next few weeks could play a determining role. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "A rivalry of champions once again has Sounders and Toronto FC on a collision course," 12 Apr. 2019 Strain through a wire-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth; discard tea. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart With Fresh Strawberries," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fintech firms like TransferWise, which offer international transfers, take a 4-5% cut to wire $200, a third less than Western Union. The Economist, "Facebook wants to create a worldwide digital currency," 20 June 2019 Henderson, 21, led wire to wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under-par 70 in chilly conditions to hold off Lexi Thompson, Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh, and Brittany Altomare by a stroke. Alyssa Thomas, BostonGlobe.com, "Alyssa Thomas leads Connecticut Sun to 12th straight win at home," 17 June 2019 When the pies are done, remove from the oven to wire racks. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 The new app will allow users to connect an iPad—wired and wirelessly—to a Mac to use as an extended desktop, or even to control what’s on the computer. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2019 developer conference," 3 June 2019 There was no catching the gate to wire winner but a nice performance by Heather’s Grey. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s final Belmont Stakes rankings," 7 June 2019 The ever-combative Trump, who lives in his own reality, isn’t wired to survive such an open-ended grilling. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s only hope is to keep quiet and dodge Mueller," 5 May 2018 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

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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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