- 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 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.
This pointed out to him that the wire might be sensitive to sound when in a state of fracture.
Nor was it essential the wire should be straight; it might be bent into angles.
- 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 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.