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 Under a worst-case scenario, utilities may be forced to switch to laying expensive fiber wire to replace wireless communications, according to Entergy, which owns utilities serving Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Millicent Dent And Stephen Cunningham, Houston Chronicle, "Power and tech giants fight over airwaves space in the U.S.," 9 Aug. 2019 Even with the advent of wireless communications and smartphones, Garmin remained competitive by relying on technological advances, creative products and satellite links, which can widely cover areas that Wi-Fi can’t reach. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Gary Burrell, Who Helped People Find Their Way (With GPS), Dies at 81," 20 June 2019 Even with the advent of wireless communications and smartphones, Garmin remained competitive by relying on technological advanceslinks. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Gary Burrell, who helped people find their way (with GPS), dies at 81," 20 June 2019 PacStar announced a $300 million agreement with the U.S. Army last week to build wireless communications command posts over five to seven years. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Army contract with Tigard-based PacStar worth $300 million," 9 June 2019 The Federal Communications Commission plans to auction the broadest set of airwaves yet to speed the nation’s adoption of superfast 5G wireless communications, as well as devoting more than $20 billion to improving mobile connections in rural areas. Todd Shields, The Seattle Times, "5G airwaves coming to market in broadest sale yet, FCC says," 12 Apr. 2019 Kuo's numbers don't include orders from wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and others. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Analysts Give the Bull and Bear Cases For iPhone 11 Demand," 16 Sep. 2019 The check was for $2.7 million, enough to buy hundreds of iPads and wireless access for the city’s middle schools. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "‘Maker’ labs, coding class and reading clubs: Salesforce giving boosts SF, Oakland schools," 12 Sep. 2019 By early summer 1999, the wireless world resembled the Wild West. Wired, "How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company said the hack happened after Dorsey’s wireless carrier improperly transferred his phone number to an unauthorized party. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Harvard and Yale Students Can Skip This Computer Science Class—Data Sheet," 3 Sep. 2019 Figuring out exactly what the wireless carriers are doing with 5G is confusing. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "5G: Why you should ignore the hype and wait – until 2020," 28 Aug. 2019 With these handoffs, Dish would supposedly be able to build out a fourth major wireless carrier to replace the loss of Sprint. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Democrats plead with Pai to delay T-Mobile-Sprint vote," 16 Aug. 2019 Those margins have come under pressure amid cord cutting in video and widespread discounting in wireless, and Elliott said competitors like Verizon Communications Inc. have done a better job addressing those headwinds. Scott Deveau, Fortune, "‘There Will Be a Fight’: AT&T Stock Soars As Activist Investor Looks to Shake Things Up," 9 Sep. 2019 AirPods became the top-selling wireless headphones only a few months after launching, and their popularity has only grown since then. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Sony’s new wireless noise-canceling earbuds are so close to being perfect," 29 July 2019 These days, there's no need to settle for anything less than the wireless Bose SoundLink II headphones. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Tech Deals for Travelers," 15 July 2019 Agency officials voted to give wireless carriers the OK to block unwanted robocalls automatically for customers. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 7: Mexico tariffs, Biden, Saudi Arabia, robocalls, Dr. John," 7 June 2019 Verizon, AT&T’s arch-rival in wireless, may move to buy CBS and perhaps Viacom. The Economist, "AT&T and Time Warner are cleared to merge," 14 June 2018

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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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12 Oct 2019

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The first known use of wireless was in 1894

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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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