wireless

adjective
wire·​less | \ˈwī(-ə)r-ləs \

Definition of wireless 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having no wire or wires specifically : operating by means of transmitted electromagnetic waves a wireless remote

2a : of or relating to radiotelephony, radiotelegraph, or radio a wireless phone

b : of or relating to data communications using radio waves wireless Internet access

wireless

noun

Definition of wireless (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : telecommunication (such as wireless telegraphy or radiotelephony) involving signals transmitted by radio waves rather than over wires also : the technology used in radio telecommunication

2 chiefly British : radio

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Other Words from wireless

Adjective

wirelessly adverb

Examples of wireless in a Sentence

Adjective

The video game console comes with wireless controllers. The café offers free wireless Internet access.

Noun

She listened to the wireless every Monday night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Those acquisitions made Broadcom a major supplier of chips for wired and wireless networking. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Broadcom Shares Sink as Latest Deal Puzzles Wall Street," 12 July 2018 Smart LED bulbs start at about $70 for Philips HUE White A19 LED Starter Kit (60W equivalent), which includes two bulbs and a wireless bridge (hub). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "You can slash home energy costs by just replacing light bulbs," 11 July 2018 And that means about that even people who are able to use RCS won’t get the benefits when chatting with about two-thirds of wireless customers in the US. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "T-Mobile is rolling out support for the next-gen texting standard backed by Google," 29 June 2018 Offering wireless internet at the pier’s easternmost point will let the public post selfies to social media without cellphone data. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pompano's new pier construction reaches the halfway mark," 10 July 2018 Each company is limiting its wireless service to its cable territory. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter launches mobile service, throttles all video to 480p," 5 July 2018 The college is matching that amount with proceeds from an FCC auction that freed up public television bandwidth for wireless communication. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MATC rolling out new free-tuition program to lure working adults back to finish college," 17 May 2018 In DeKalb County a handful of employees sit in a darkened office tracking frequent searches by students or faculty on the district's wireless network. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Local schools track trouble via social media," 15 Feb. 2018 The idea was a dedicated wireless network exclusively for first responders, enabling them to communicate in emergencies on a secure system built to handle massive amounts of data. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "FirstNet launches, giving police and firefighters a dedicated wireless network and infinite possibilities," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Truly wireless earbuds for cord-free music True wireless earbuds are the best way to jam out to music without dealing with any pesky wires, unlike most wireless headphones that still have a wire running from 'bud to 'bud. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now," 11 June 2018 Apple, for instance, has been building its own chips for several years and bundles or has plans to bundle those components in everything from its AirPods wireless earbuds to its iPhones. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Facebook Is Moving Into the Processor-Making Business," 19 Apr. 2018 Google also developed some accessories, like its own pair of wireless earbuds, called Pixel Buds. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel 2, Pixelbook, and Home Max—All the Big News From Google's Gadget Event," 4 Oct. 2017 The Kona widens its features lead by offering more advanced safety features (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and a driver attention monitor), a head-up display and a wireless charging pad. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 Vestberg, 52, joined the wireless provider last year and has been working on Verizon's networks, including the 4G LTE network. Jonnelle Marte, chicagotribune.com, "Verizon names chief technology officer as new CEO," 8 June 2018 Without the en route wireless charges, Wenatchee’s electric bus would run out of juice before the end of the day, said Todd Daniel, the agency’s maintenance and technology manager. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "Malvern start-up imagines a world where electric vehicles are recharged wirelessly," 26 Apr. 2018 The pricier Limited also adds FCA’s 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system to the standard features list, along with goodies such as blind-spot monitoring, power running boards, and a wireless charging pad. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Ram Jam: 2019 Ram 1500 Pickup Starts at $33,340," 6 Mar. 2018 The deal would combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants. Mae Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal?," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of wireless

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wireless was in 1894

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wireless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wireless

: not using wires to send and receive electronic signals : sending and receiving electronic signals by using radio waves

: of or relating to the use of radio waves to send and receive electronic signals

wireless

adjective
wire·​less | \ˈwīr-ləs \

Kids Definition of wireless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to communication by electromagnetic waves but without connecting wires : radio

wireless

noun

Kids Definition of wireless (Entry 2 of 2)

: a computer, telephone, or network that uses radio waves to send and receive electronic signals

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