wire·​less | \ ˈwī(-ə)r-ləs How to pronounce wireless (audio) \

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



Definition of wireless (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : telecommunication (such as wireless telegraphy or radiotelephony) involving signals transmitted by radio waves rather than over wires also : the technology used in radio telecommunication
b : access to a wireless Internet network a coffee shop with excellent wireless
2 chiefly British : radio

Other Words from wireless


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 Today Technics is announcing the launch of the EAH-A800, a pair of noise-canceling and wireless headphones with an over-the-ear design. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 What’s not convenient is wireless headphones overheating and catching fire. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Dec. 2021 Serious audioheads tend not to trust wireless headphones because even the strong digital connection can cut out or cause distortion. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2021 But this selection has it all including kitchen cookware, robot vacuums, makeup, and wireless headphones — all for up to 69 percent off. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 29 Nov. 2021 Highlights of the sale so far include must-have items like Roombas, Casper pillows, and wireless headphones and earbuds, all of which are available with eye-catching (and, in most cases, extremely time-sensitive) discounts. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Its technologies are powering everything from wireless headphones and virtual reality headsets to retail checkout readers and digital cockpits in cars. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2021 Many manufacturers of devices like smartphones, laptops and wireless headphones have increasingly designed products that are difficult to repair without specialized equipment or access to authorized repair shops. Katie Hawkins-gaar, CNN, 1 Nov. 2021 The Sony WH-1000XM4s are the best wireless headphones. Gear Team, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gen 2i works with a wireless charging mat, using Pogopins to deliver 65 watts of power. Michael J. Miller, PCMAG, 14 Jan. 2022 The Find N also supports wireless and wired fast charging, and yes, there is a charging brick in the box. Ben Sin, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 There's no saying how long a real-life wireless, magnetic webcam from Dell would last or if the company will ever even release one. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 15 Dec. 2021 As expected from iPhone 13 rivals, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 will support 5G connectivity and Wi-Fi 6E wireless internet. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Nov. 2021 An additional $20 billion is lined up over the next decade for rural broadband, and another $9 billion for high-speed wireless internet called 5G in sparsely populated regions. Tali Arbel, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2021 Wi-Fi and wireless charging are also offered, although there are up to nine USB ports and two 110-volt outlets. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 Dec. 2021 Dell announced the project today with Concept Stanza, an 11-inch screen that can be used for collaboration, note taking and screen mirroring, and Concept Flow, a workspace with wireless charging and Wi-Fi 6E docking. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 15 Dec. 2021 The microfiber lining won't stick to your case and doesn't interfere with wireless charging. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of wireless


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wireless was in 1894

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15 Jan 2022

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“Wireless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wireless. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of wireless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of wireless (Entry 2 of 2)


wire·​less | \ ˈwīr-ləs How to pronounce wireless (audio) \

Kids Definition of wireless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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