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.

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The Buckingham Palace Reservicing Programme is a ten-year overhaul of the building’s essential services, such as electrical wiring, pipework, boilers and generators. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photos of the Buckingham Palace Renovation Reveal What Queen Elizabeth's Residence Really Looks Like," 16 May 2019 That disqualifies a great number of landlines, which today don't usually go through the old copper wiring but instead use the cable/internet lines. Teresa Dixon Murray, cleveland.com, "Synchrony freezes man's credit card, won't unlock without mailed verification code: Money Matters," 24 Jan. 2018 In the first line, wiring is attached to the playfield. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 The loop requires rerouting the plug’s internal wiring; in Australia, where the loop is oriented vertically, the wires could all be routed underneath. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Best, Simplest Innovation in Wired Power Comes from 1980s Australia," 16 Jan. 2019 Morita studied with electricians to work out the wiring, then set about spreading the word. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "All I Want for Christmas Is a Light-Up Croissant," 3 Dec. 2018 Langford said investigators determined that the fire started on a back porch and have ruled out electrical wiring problems as a cause. Don Babwin, Fox News, "Agency investigates possible neglect in deadly Chicago fire," 28 Aug. 2018 There were also similarities in the materials used in the bombs, including improvised detonators and wiring methods, Thurman said. Jay Reeves, latimes.com, "Austin bombings revive trauma of deadly mail bombs in Alabama nearly 30 years ago," 25 Mar. 2018 Wray said, describing the bombs as consisting of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, wiring and potential explosive material. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Pipe bomb suspect charged: what we know," 26 Oct. 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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to take the place or position of

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