wir·​ing | \ ˈwī(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce wiring (audio) \

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 The rubble contains broken glass, electrical wiring, plumbing, concrete rebar and potentially asbestos. al, 11 Jan. 2022 One of the main reasons is that the underground wiring is faulty and not buried in conduit. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 An investigation team is looking into the fire’s cause, which might be linked to faulty electrical wiring, the report said. chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Then in July, faulty electrical wiring set her home ablaze. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 The Journal Sentinel’s investigation found that fires suspected to be started by faulty electrical wiring burned homes in Milwaukee’s distressed 53206 ZIP code at five times the rate of the rest of the city. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2021 The walls of my house conceal miles of uninspected wiring. Dan Neil, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 The tree will then be prepped and wrapped in 50,000 multi-colored LED lights, which is about five miles of wiring, and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. Editors, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2021 Their loyalty to their home turf, the authors reckoned, was the result of evolutionary wiring that probably served them well. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of wiring

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

25 Jan 2022

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“Wiring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiring. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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