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piano wire

a very thin steel wire of high tensile strength.
Origin of piano wire
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To increase its strength, it is surrounded with two layers of piano wire.

  • There is not a nerve in his body which does not twang like a piano wire.

  • "We'll be out at sunrise with our reel of piano wire and take soundings," he said.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Suddenly the pool exploded into motion, the water frothed and flashed white and the line in his hand sang like a piano wire.

    What Rough Beast? Jefferson Highe
  • The remaining sections were easily laid on 'the "horses" and then came the bolts and the bracing with piano wire.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
  • One stroke of the knife severed the remaining rope, already drawn as taut as a piano wire.

  • The wire used for trussing all the parts throughout the glider is piano wire, 16 gauge.

  • I have only to send a message, and get some piano wire, and then I'll call back here for you.

  • The framework was of oak and poplar spliced and reinforced with piano wire; the weight of the machine was 47 lbs.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • This cutting wire (piano wire is the kind) is made taut upon the bench, by being attached to two screws.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse

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