- a telegram.
- the telegraphic system: to send a message by wire.
verb (used with object), wired, wir·ing.
verb (used without object), wired, wir·ing.
Origin of wire
Examples from the Web for wire
Contemporary Examples of wire
As zealots poured in from Arkansas and Mississippi, a wire service reporter got punched in the ribs.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
On the day of the AFI dinner, Hitchcock receives a wire from Frank Capra, who is in Palm Springs.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“The [wire] interceptions speak for themselves,” Marino said Friday.The Mayor Who Took Down the Mafia That Ruined Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 6, 2014
Holding the architectural smorgasbord of a castle together was cement, wire, and mortar.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
The actor (The Wire, Treme) and activist made no bones about his political leanings, proclaiming himself “a real live lefty.”Watch Steve Earle Rant About GOP Victory
The Daily Beast Video
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of wire
The framework is of bamboo, strengthened and held taut with wire guys.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
You are no Frenchman, to spit flesh with a wire; but you can shoot, can't you?In the Valley
It was tried on a wire laid across the Rhine between Deutz and Cologne.
Nor was it essential the wire should be straight; it might be bent into angles.
The electricity had taken a certain time to travel from the ends of the wire to the middle.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for wire
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.
see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.