[verb hot-wahyuh r; adjective hot-wahyuh r]
- Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
- Electricity, Engineering. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.
Origin of hot-wire
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for hot-wire
The instructors taught me how to pick locks, hot-wire cars and get over barbed wire fences.Will This Book Save Your Life?
March 2, 2009
Don't operate a transmitting set without a hot-wire ammeter in the aerial.The Radio Amateur's Hand Book
A. Frederick Collins
- (tr) slang to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by bypassing the ignition switch
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