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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Other Words from wireless


wirelessly adverb

Examples of wireless in a Sentence


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


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

And as the world gears up to switch to the fifth-generation wireless network, or 5G, that disparity could get worse. Rani Molla, Vox, "US mobile speeds are super slow. Here’s what we can do about it.," 12 July 2019 Fiber optic cable will be installed where practical, wireless networks will be used where geography allows and, in the most remote areas, gaps will be filled by employing unused broadcast frequencies between TV channels known as TV white spaces. Julie Carr Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Microsoft initiative to bring broadband to 815,000 people in rural Illinois, Indiana, Ohio," 9 July 2019 The wireless network was built for about $500 million and has been in use since 2008. New York Times, "The Bug That Crashed New York’s Wireless Network," 24 June 2019 The fifth-generation wireless network is expected to bring faster, more reliable mobile service and support virtual reality experiences that could drop a viewer in the middle of a TV show or live sports game. Melissa Repko, Dallas News, "As AT&T-Time Warner deal marks a year, consumers wait for splashy products, lower prices," 23 June 2019 The Swedish telecom-equipment maker said in a report Tuesday that 45% of the world's population will be able to access the next generation wireless networks in 2024. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Half of the world will have 5G coverage in five years," 11 June 2019 All but one are still planning to use the company’s technology for 5G, the next-generation wireless network seen as crucial to driverless cars, digital medical services, smart cities and other innovations. latimes.com, "Why a ban on Huawei is being ignored by some of the oldest U.S. allies in Asia," 10 June 2019 And Reuters over the weekend reported that online retailing giant Amazon was interested in buying Boost, possibly because a deal would include guaranteed availability of the combined Sprint-T-Mobile’s wireless network for six years. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Bid to buy Boost Mobile could bring 750 jobs to South Florida," 3 June 2019 Operators used a wireless mesh network to control the drone and monitor its status on its journey. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Drone Just Successfully Delivered a Transplant Kidney for the First Time Ever," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also created is a Council on 5G Technology that will review proposals by wireless carriers to set up 5G infrastructure on state property and devise a process for cities and towns that are interested in taking advantage of the technology. Russell Blair, courant.com, "8 new Connecticut laws that begin July 1," 1 July 2019 Huawei's equipment already forms the infrastructure for the 4G networks of many major wireless carriers in Europe and other parts of the world, which will make the transition to 5G faster and cheaper. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Huawei's place in the global tech ecosystem may make it too big to fail," 28 June 2019 Mergers Department, Please Hold T-Mobile and Sprint, the country’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, dressed up their merger as a great way to expand the country’s 5G network. New York Times, "The Week in Business: Oil Tankers Are Under Attack, and the Grocery-Delivery Battle Heats Up," 15 June 2019 The two companies announced the $26 billion merger last April, which would shrink the US’s national wireless carrier pool from four to three providers if approved. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Ten state attorneys general are suing to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger," 11 June 2019 States are suing to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger Nine states plus the District of Columbia have filed suit to block the $26.5 billion merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News," 11 June 2019 Critics say that level of consolidation would hurt consumers by driving up prices—especially since T-Mobile and Sprint now have the largest number of low-income customers among the four major wireless carriers. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "10 states file lawsuit to block T-Mobile merger with Sprint," 11 June 2019 Sometimes readings provided by wireless carriers were very strong, but our RapidSoS readings, which appeared on our operators’ screens at the push of a button, were more precise. Peter Demarco, BostonGlobe.com, "A test of 911 calls reveals a reason for missed connections," 8 June 2019 Sprint will divest its low-cost Boost Mobile wireless company, and that new company will promise to offer better prices than those currently offered by T-Mobile or Sprint for three years following the deal's closing. Clare Duffy And Athena Jones, CNN, "Sprint and T-Mobile may face another legal challenge to merger," 11 June 2019

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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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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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