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

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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 Combined, all of these features placed these buds amongst the best wireless headphones of 2020. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 27 Dec. 2020 Since dropping in price during Amazon Prime Day last month, the Apple AirPods Pro are easier to recommend as a killer pair of wireless in-ear headphones. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, "Top holiday gifts for $250 or less," 11 Dec. 2020 For the gamers, the new PS5 and the Nintendo Switch are on their lists and wireless headphones were also a popular item. Colin Daniels, Chron, "The best gifts for teen boys, according to teens," 11 Dec. 2020 Of the 130 million wireless headphones sold world-wide in 2019, nearly half were AirPods, according to a Counterpoint Research report. Kenny Wassus, WSJ, "AirPods in the Shower: Accident or Innovation?," 9 Dec. 2020 Apple has one more thing for the holiday shopping season: over-the-ear, wireless headphones that will test how much people are willing to splurge for high-quality sound — and noise-cancelling silence. CBS News, "Apple unveils wireless headphones that cost twice as much wireless earbuds," 8 Dec. 2020 Apple AirPods Pro true wireless noise-cancelling headphones for $189.99 at Woot (normally $220). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s latest Game Pass Ultimate deal gives new users 3 months for $1," 2 Dec. 2020 Wireless Headphone Deals Be sure to check out our lists of the best wireless headphones, best noise-canceling headphones, and best earbuds. Parker Hall, Wired, "The Best Headphone and Speaker Deals for Black Friday," 28 Nov. 2020 Walmart, which spread out its Black Friday deals over several weekends, said that its most popular deals included this year's new gaming consoles, wireless headphones and home appliances. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Shopping crowds stay away," 28 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The damage disrupted wireless service in the region and even caused a brief ground stop at the city's main airport due to telecommunications issues. Eric Levenson, CNN, "A timeline of the Nashville RV explosion on Christmas morning," 26 Dec. 2020 Projects could also include development of interstate electric vehicle charging corridors and improved high speed wireless Internet in rural and low income areas to allow for teleworking, officials said. Washington Post, "The District, three states sign agreement to curb transportation emissions," 21 Dec. 2020 While McCalla-Leacy was speaking, something went wrong with the wireless. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Queen Elizabeth II Had a Glitch on Zoom—And She Handled It Perfectly," 17 Dec. 2020 The defense bill also includes provisions that would require the government to come up with a plan to spend an additional $10 billion per year on advanced technologies such as AI, quantum computing, and 5G wireless services by 2025. Will Knight, Wired, "Trump Could Torpedo a Bill to Boost Funding for AI," 16 Dec. 2020 For 2021, the Model 3 gets a new look with black trim and three new wheel options along with enhancements including a new center console with dual wireless charging pads. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Top 10 Cars You Couldn't Get Enough Of in 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 The early buzz on Apple’s first-ever wireless over-ear headphones, AirPods Max, has largely centered on the eye-popping price tag. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Apple’s $550 headphones are a great way to sell more basic AirPods," 9 Dec. 2020 Virtually every acquisition by a cable provider, wireless carrier, or broadcaster requires FCC approval. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "GOP clinches 2-2 deadlock for Biden FCC as Senate approves Trump nominee," 8 Dec. 2020 The optimized alignment also leads to less heat build-up, and up to 50 percent faster charge times compared to a typical wireless mat. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020

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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 2021

Cite this Entry

“Wireless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wireless. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce wireless (audio)

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


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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