wir·​ing | \ˈwī(-ə)r-iŋ \

Definition of wiring 

1 : the act of providing or using wire

2 : a system of wires especially : an arrangement of wires used for electric distribution

Examples of wiring in a Sentence

All the wiring in the house needs to be replaced. He fixed the radio's wiring.

Recent Examples on the Web

Even House Speaker Paul Ryan isn't immune from rodents chomping on his vehicle's engine wiring. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Reports: Woodchucks feast on House Speaker Paul Ryan's SUV wiring," 12 July 2018 In one case, for instance, robots were proving inept at bolting down seats and connecting wiring to them, so human beings took over those tasks—though robots still move the seats into place. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Agility, Persistence, and Pain Behind Tesla’s Model 3 Manufacturing Turnaround," 1 July 2018 In Louisiana, florists must know the proper storage temperature for plants, wiring methods for various flowers and how to construct a cascade bouquet. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Effort to eliminate florist licenses in Louisiana becomes a thorny issue," 8 May 2018 The damage done by so many seizures so young usually has such a lasting effect on the brain’s internal wiring that, by the time doctors find a medication that can make the symptoms stop, the damage is done. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Genetic sequencing helps Fallbrook toddler defy odds," 27 Apr. 2018 The chairman of Russia's federal investigating authority, the Investigative Committee, has indicated that a short circuit or bad wiring could be to blame for the blaze, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Russians mourn at first funerals for mall fire victims as fury mounts," 28 Mar. 2018 Police and the fire department are currently investigating the wiring in the home, according to the Dallas Morning News. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Girl, 10, Electrocuted After Trying to Rescue Her Kittens from Behind a Dryer," 10 July 2018 Related: Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why 2. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 ways to get rid of rats without poison," 6 June 2018 More: Rats can't resist the wiring in newer cars: Here's why The best news to come out of this, however, is that the car still runs fine after the clean-up. Brian Manzullo, USA TODAY, "Squirrels stash 50 pounds of pine cones in car engine," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of wiring

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wiring was in 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of wiring

: the system of wires that carry electricity in a particular place, device, etc.

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