wireless

adjective
wire·less | \ ˈwī(-ə)r-ləs \

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

wireless

noun

Definition of wireless (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : telecommunication (such as wireless telegraphy or radiotelephony) involving signals transmitted by radio waves rather than over wires also : the technology used in radio telecommunication

2 chiefly British : radio

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Other words from wireless

Adjective

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

The idea was a dedicated wireless network exclusively for first responders, enabling them to communicate in emergencies on a secure system built to handle massive amounts of data. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "FirstNet launches, giving police and firefighters a dedicated wireless network and infinite possibilities," 25 June 2018 Sprint's wireless network in Kansas City has slowed as the company pushes for a merger with rival T-Mobile, according to the most recent testing by RootMetrics. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Sprint’s network slows down in its hometown as the push for a T-Mobile merger begins," 21 June 2018 Barrington School District 220 is adding outdoor wireless internet networks to the rest of its 11 schools this summer — a move that should help with security and safety, officials said. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Barrington School District 220 adds outdoor Wi-Fi to schools as part of ongoing security upgrades," 15 June 2018 Using its wireless network, AT&T intends to distribute Time Warner content through mobile devices. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 2018 Beyond its wireless network and internet service, AT&T acquired DirecTV in a $67 billion deal in 2015, which also had the blessings of government regulators. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "AT&T wins court approval for $85.4 billion Time Warner deal," 12 June 2018 And eventually, a wireless network was deployed throughout the reserve to provide secure park-wide Wi-Fi, giving rangers mobile access to data from sensors. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018 Nest Hello and Ring both stream HD video to your cell phone, using your wireless internet connection. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Smart Doorbell, Like Nest Hello Or Ring," 6 July 2018 Since Huawei is effectively shut out of the $30-billion-a-year U.S. wireless equipment market, that market is largely dominated by two European firms: Sweden’s Ericsson AB and Finland’s Nokia Corp. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "FCC Plan Would Hurt the Poor, Huawei Says, as It Fights to Keep U.S. Foothold," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Small wireless carriers and Tribal organizations sued the FCC in the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC stands by decision to raise broadband prices on American Indians," 6 July 2018 The announcement, first reported by Variety, comes after the wireless carrier had indicated its disappointment with the app for some time. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Verizon Kills Go90, Its Mobile-Video App for Millennials, After Millennials Didn't Really Watch It," 29 June 2018 Like the country's other wireless carriers, AT&T is moving aggressively to build out a nationwide successor to its 4G LTE data network, an endeavor that is likely to cost billions. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "AT&T raises obscure fee on customers to make extra $970 million a year, which could help pay for Time Warner merger," 29 June 2018 Like the country's other wireless carriers, AT&T is moving aggressively to build out a nationwide successor to its 4G LTE data network, an endeavor that is likely to cost billions of dollars. Brian Fung, latimes.com, "AT&T is raising an obscure fee to make an extra $970 million a year, analyst says," 29 June 2018 The number of wireless carriers in the market would have gone down. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 2018 Slate wonders why Americans are so nonplussed by reports that wireless carriers are able to track any cell phone at any time — and are pretty lax about security. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Supporters rally for gay man detained by ICE, city shares memories of LOVE | Morning Newsletter," 23 May 2018 LocationSmart contracts with wireless carriers to acquire mobile phone location data within a few hundred feet. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad's LocationSmart linked to FCC probe of cellphone location tracking practices," 21 May 2018 An export ban on ZTE products and technology would create significant disruption for U.S. wireless carriers. NBC News, "Why is Trump fighting to save telecom jobs — in China?," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of wireless

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wireless was in 1894

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wireless

adjective

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

wireless

adjective
wire·less | \ ˈwīr-ləs \

Kids Definition of wireless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

wireless

noun

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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