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[ree-wahyuh r]
verb (used with object), re·wired, re·wir·ing.
  1. to provide with new wiring: to rewire a house.
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verb (used without object), re·wired, re·wir·ing.
  1. to install new wiring.
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Origin of rewire

First recorded in 1900–05; re- + wire
Related formsre·wir·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rewire

Historical Examples of rewire

  • Caton says he's going to have to rest the ship and rewire a good part of the system.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

British Dictionary definitions for rewire


  1. (tr) to provide (a house, engine, etc) with new wiring
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Derived Formsrewirable, adjective
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