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 RFocus is emblematic of a general shift in development of wireless technology and devices. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Antenna Tech Could Make Your Phone Signal Ridiculously Strong," 6 Feb. 2020 British officials and executives at wireless companies have said the United States did not share smoking-gun evidence that would justify a ban of the Chinese company. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Britain Defies Trump Plea to Ban Huawei From 5G Network," 28 Jan. 2020 Finally, wireless smart technology for the home is inevitable. Barbara Ramsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it time your house got smarter? Consider the following.," 23 Jan. 2020 The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also said Tuesday that its service will be called HBO Max. Tali Arbel, The Know, "“Friends,” “The Office” being pulled from Netflix for separate streaming services," 9 July 2019 The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also said Tuesday that its service will be called HBO Max. Tali Arbel, Twin Cities, "AT&T pulls ‘Friends’ from Netflix for its own streaming service," 9 July 2019 The court case is further evidence of states wanting stricter oversight of telecommunications giants, and fears of what could happen with only three major wireless communication companies available for consumers. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News," 11 June 2019 Boris Johnson’s government opted for a mixed approach in the UK, allowing the Chinese company access to non-sensitive parts of its wireless network. BostonGlobe.com, "CEO of Wells Fargo says it will take until next year to fix problems," 10 Mar. 2020 Rooms come equipped with flatscreen TVs, free wireless internet, and cleaning services. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Out-Of-Service Boeing 747 Jet Was Turned Into a Chic Hostel and The Rooms Are Pretty Fly," 26 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cable, phone and media giant is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone or broadband service when customers can't pay their bills due to coronavirus disruptions. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "How utility, phone and internet companies are giving consumers a break during coronavirus pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 The Trump administration has raised national security concerns about Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and is aggressively lobbying Western allies to bar the company from wireless, high-speed networks. Washington Post, "US’s Pelosi urges countries to steer clear of Huawei for 5G," 14 Feb. 2020 This new tab also supported 4G wireless, included Siri, and finally had respectable cameras. Lauren Goode, Wired, "The iPad Turns 10: A Look Back at Its First Decade," 27 Jan. 2020 Now, smart is wireless, allowing you to control your home’s switches, bulbs, plugs, appliances, doorbell and security systems remotely with your mobile phone or other smart device. Barbara Ramsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it time your house got smarter? Consider the following.," 23 Jan. 2020 Bella Hadid isn’t bothered about those wireless, plucked-from-Gattaca AirPods—neither the originals, nor the newest noise-cancelling pro version. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Forget AirPods—Bella Hadid Is Bringing Back the Humble Wire Headphone," 16 Dec. 2019 Slip on these comfy wireless, noise-canceling cans for up to 36 hours of distraction-free study; mics on each earcup pick up all the noise in the room, then electronics blot it out, leaving you alone with your ambient dub mix. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Essential Gear for Surviving Freshman Year," 20 Aug. 2019 Following Wyden's report, all four of the nation's major wireless carriers quickly promised to terminate their contracts with the carrier aggregators that were involved. Brian Fung, CNN, "FCC proposes millions in fines for top US wireless carriers over privacy violations," 28 Feb. 2020 In the absence of a cohesive U.S. strategy, a group of major wireless carriers has considered another approach that would allow more companies to challenge Huawei. David Mccabe, New York Times, "Huawei Is Winning the Argument in Europe, as the U.S. Fumbles to Develop Alternatives," 17 Feb. 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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wireless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wireless. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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