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 fire appears to have originated in a void space in the basement ceiling above the bathroom where there was a combination vent and fan installed and other household wiring. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Cause of massive Andover blaze with $3.5 million in damage was electrical, investigators say," 8 Aug. 2019 Instead, the judge said the design flaws in the bombs — including timers that were not set to go off and fuse wiring that was inoperable — indicated that Mr. Sayoc had only intended to scare his victims, not harm them. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Cesar Sayoc, Who Mailed Pipe Bombs to Trump Critics, Is Sentenced to 20 Years," 5 Aug. 2019 According to Peggy Talerico, the property manager for Ewig’s Sunrise Lakes condominium, the elevator was working as of 6 p.m. Wednesday after wiring was replaced. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "96-year-old woman is stranded no more: Her elevator is finally fixed," 1 Aug. 2019 Interconnection can be done using hard-wiring or wireless technology. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Avoid smoke alarm failures; new guidelines mean more home alarms and more saved lives," 29 July 2019 One is that an in-wheel motor’s components and wiring are exposed to the elements rather than being snug inside a vehicle’s body. The Economist, "A new type of engine for electric cars," 11 July 2019 Improper wiring ran her electricity bills up to $700 a month. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.," 26 June 2019 Yet to watch capable people get on with their woodworking or wiring or making an omelet from broken eggs is to remember that things can be fixed, patience is a virtue and paying attention gets results. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: New shows from Adam Savage, Gordon Ramsay and the Cousteaus make expertise sexy again," 12 June 2019 The Millennium Falcon’s interior resembles an aborted condo rehab, all drywall patches and exposed wiring. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019

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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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