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.

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From wiring to batteries to controllers to electronic stuff and pumps. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 It was started by faulty wiring on a hot tub, Cal Fire found. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Proactive Pawnee Fire response in Lake County seeks to avoid another catastrophe," 25 June 2018 At one point renamed the Georgia Mae, the boat developed pinholes in its hull from tiny fires sparked by faulty wiring. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Tornado sunk this Kansas cruise boat in 1978, killing 16. Owners hope it floats again.," 22 June 2018 Finally, the property manager for the estate — a man! — had to drive over and sever the panel’s faulty wiring. New York Times, "52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp," 2 June 2018 There are aftermarket accessories for shelving, racks, slide-ins and electrical wiring. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Nissan NV 3500 High Roof: The sky is the limit," 1 June 2018 For homes a half-century old, that could be a deal breaker, demanding everything from new wiring to hurricane windows. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "She wants to put her house on stilts. The idea could save Miami’s flood-prone homes | Miami Herald," 18 Apr. 2018 The metal, which is used to make pipes, wiring, and electronics, has fallen around 15% since hitting its multiyear peak in early June. David Hodari, WSJ, "Copper’s Plunge Could Be Signal of Broader Market Gloom," 20 July 2018 Ford, for one, has developed a partnership with Heinz to turn tomato peels into center console storage bins, and with Jose Cuervo to use agave waste from tequila production in wiring harnesses and brackets. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 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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