Origin of wiring
- a slender, stringlike piece or filament of relatively rigid or flexible metal, usually circular in section, manufactured in a great variety of diameters and metals depending on its application.
- such pieces as a material.
- a length of such material, consisting either of a single filament or of several filaments woven or twisted together and usually insulated with a dielectric material, used as a conductor of electricity.
- a cross wire or a cross hair.
- a barbed-wire fence.
- a long wire or cable used in cable, telegraph, or telephone systems.
- Nautical. a wire rope.
- a telegram.
- the telegraphic system: to send a message by wire.
- wires, a system of wires by which puppets are moved.
- a metallic string of a musical instrument.
- Underworld Slang. the member of a pickpocket team who picks the victim's pocket.Compare stall2(def 5).
- Horse Racing. a wire stretched across and above the track at the finish line, under which the horses pass.
- Ornithology. one of the extremely long, slender, wirelike filaments or shafts of the plumage of various birds.
- a metal device for snaring rabbits and other small game.
- Papermaking. the woven wire mesh over which the wet pulp is spread in a papermaking machine.
- the wire, the telephone: There's someone on the wire for you.
- made of wire; consisting of or constructed with wires.
- resembling wire; wirelike.
- to furnish with wires.
- to install an electric system of wiring in, as for lighting.
- to fasten or bind with wire: He wired the halves together.
- to put on a wire, as beads.
- to send by telegraph, as a message: Please wire the money at once.
- to send a telegraphic message to: She wired him to come at once.
- to snare by means of a wire.
- to equip with a hidden electronic device, as an eavesdropping device or an explosive.
- to connect (a receiver, area, or building) to a television cable and other equipment so that cable television programs may be received.
- Informal. to be closely connected or involved with: a law firm wired into political circles.
- Informal. to prepare, equip, fix, or arrange to suit needs or goals: The sales force was wired for an all-out effort.
- Croquet. to block (a ball) by placing it behind the wire of an arch.
- to send a telegraphic message; telegraph: Don't write; wire.
- down to the wire, to the very last moment or the very end, as in a race or competition: The candidates campaigned down to the wire.
- pull wires, Informal. to use one's position or influence to obtain a desired result: to pull wires to get someone a job.
- under the wire, just within the limit or deadline; scarcely; barely: to get an application in under the wire.
Origin of wire
Examples from the Web for wiring
You know, troubled and certainly having a different kind of wiring that lends itself to conscience and consequential behavior.OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time
June 13, 2014
Something in her wiring has taught her that relaxing her defenses is dangerous.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
We were looking at new traffic all the time or where the wheels or the wiring had been changed, or at other new techniques.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes
November 17, 2013
The sifter dumped flotsam—bricks, wiring, barbecue grills, bicycle wheels—in piles to be shipped to landfills upstate.Superstorm Who? Sandy’s Hard-Hit Beach Towns Reopen for Business
Eliza Shapiro, Josh Dzieza
May 25, 2013
A website for the project reveals what looks like what looks like a white nightgown with wiring between the breasts.Shocking! Indian Engineers Introduce Electric ‘Anti-Rape’ Underwear
April 3, 2013
There was wiring everywhere, and a multitude of lighting fixtures.
First he brought out from the ship coils of wiring and jumbles of instruments.Pirates of the Gorm
While Sutter looked on with apprehensive eyes, he began to tinker with the wiring.Made in Tanganyika
Carl Richard Jacobi
His limbs lost their flexibility, and some of his wiring started to corrode.Beside Still Waters
The fire was quickly extinguished after that and the wiring spliced.The Long Voyage
Carl Richard Jacobi
- the network of wires used in an electrical system, device, or circuit
- the quality or condition of such a network
- used in wiring
- a slender flexible strand or rod of metal
- a cable consisting of several metal strands twisted together
- a flexible metallic conductor, esp one made of copper, usually insulated, and used to carry electric current in a circuit
- (modifier) of, relating to, or made of wirea wire fence; a wire stripper
- anything made of wire, such as wire netting, a barbed wire fence, etc
- a long continuous wire or cable connecting points in a telephone or telegraph system
- a metallic string on a guitar, piano, etc
- horse racing, mainly US and Canadian the finishing line on a racecourse
- a wire-gauze screen upon which pulp is spread to form paper during the manufacturing process
- anything resembling a wire, such as a hair
- a snare made of wire for rabbits and similar animals
- to the wire or down to the wire informal right up to the last moment
- get in under the wire informal, mainly US and Canadian to accomplish something with little time to spare
- get one's wires crossed informal to misunderstand
- pull wires mainly US and Canadian to exert influence behind the scenes, esp through personal connections; pull strings
- take it to the wire to compete to the bitter end to win a competition or title
- (also intr) to send a telegram to (a person or place)
- to send (news, a message, etc) by telegraph
- to equip (an electrical system, circuit, or component) with wires
- to fasten or furnish with wire
- (often foll by up) to provide (an area) with fibre optic cabling to receive cable television
- to string (beads, etc) on wire
- croquet to leave (a player's ball) so that a hoop or peg lies between it and the other balls
- to snare with wire
- wire in informal to set about (something, esp food) with enthusiasm
Word Origin and History for wiring
"wires collectively," 1809, later especially "electrical wirework," from present participle of wire (v.).
Old English wir "metal drawn out into a thread," from Proto-Germanic *wiraz (cf. Old Norse viravirka "filigree work," Swedish vira "to twist," Old High German wiara "fine gold work"), from PIE *wei- "to turn, twist, plait" (cf. Old Irish fiar, Welsh gwyr "bent, crooked;" Latin viere "to bend, twist," viriæ "bracelets," of Celtic origin). Wiretapping is recorded from 1904, from earlier wiretapper (1893). Wirepuller in the political sense is 1848, American English.
- The fastening together of the ends of a broken bone with wire sutures.