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

Check these headphone recommendations from the Good Housekeeping Institute, including wireless headphones, in-ear headphones, and over-ear headphones that wowed users in our tests. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "These $15 Koss Fit Clips Workout Headphones Are Surprisingly Amazing," 8 May 2019 Each guest got a set of wireless headphones and could hear what the DJ was playing. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 The wireless headphones purchase was a lesson in the meaning of self-care. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Apple's Wireless AirPods Changed My Approach to Fitness for the Better," 18 Jan. 2019 SoundMagic introduced its first pair of wireless headphones last year. Jon Porter, The Verge, "SoundMagic adds USB-C to its budget earbuds," 20 Dec. 2018 Today's list is headlined by a deal on Bose's QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless noise-cancelling headphones, which are currently down to $299 at Walmart, Amazon, and various other retailers. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take $50 off Bose’s flagship noise-cancelling headphones," 14 Aug. 2018 Look for cases that are wireless charging-compatible. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why You May Actually Want to Upgrade to iPhone's XR Right Now," 20 Dec. 2018 This would have to coincide with the rollout of widespread and robust 5G wireless internet that could power a massive vehicle-to-vehicle communications infrastructure. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality," 13 Sep. 2018 Airbus envisions Zephyr used for airborne monitoring of disaster zones, long-term environmental studies, and even bringing wireless internet to underserved areas. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Solar Drone Breaks Record for Longest Continuous Flight," 10 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Under the update, your phone won't cling to weak wireless networks, but instead will switch automatically to mobile data when a signal fades. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google's Project Fi Now Comes with a VPN," 13 Nov. 2018 In Berlin, Deutsche Telekom AG has built one of Europe’s most ambitious 5G wireless networks. Bloomberg.com, "Germany Has Thrived With Engineering. But the Future Is Digital," 12 June 2018 Replacing your phones is one of the most daunting aspects of switching wireless networks. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Which Unlimited Data Plan is Best?," 26 Mar. 2018 When the wireless networks were introduced, Father Josiah bought a cell phone, and Elshiva spoke to her daughters on that. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "A Surreal Story from Baghdad," 2 Mar. 2018 Infrastructure Networks, a provider of wireless networks in the Permian, Bakken and other energy-producing regions, has relocated its headquarters to Galleria Tower II, 5051 Westheimer. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston Community Foundation inks new lease," 8 Feb. 2018 The dispute centers around ultrahigh radio frequencies that the Federal Communications Commission recently auctioned off for use in the country’s next-generation wireless networks. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Meteorologists Worry 5G Expansion Could Interfere With Weather Forecasts," 14 May 2019 At a White House event Friday, President Donald Trump said the race to build 5G high-speed wireless networks is one the U.S. must win. Marcy Gordon, The Seattle Times, "EU official: New US privacy law won’t copy European regime," 12 Apr. 2019 Many phones today, including my iPhone XS Max, can be wirelessly charged, which is convenient, but wireless charging and magnetic mounts don’t work well together. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Cases and mounts aim to keep your phone protected and close at hand," 29 Mar. 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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