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a very thin steel wire of high tensile strength.
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Examples from the Web for piano wire
He brought from London a Kelvin sounding apparatus, with a sufficient length of piano-wire for testing any probable depth.
The Lair of the White Worm
Sometimes the overtones are more prominent than the fundamental, as when a piano-wire is struck with a nail.
A. E. Dolbear