- 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.
- wire brush,
- wire cloth,
- wire cutter,
- wire entanglement,
- wire fraud
Origin of wire
Examples from the Web for wire
As zealots poured in from Arkansas and Mississippi, a wire service reporter got punched in the ribs.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|DAILY BEAST
Holding the architectural smorgasbord of a castle together was cement, wire, and mortar.
The actor (The Wire, Treme) and activist made no bones about his political leanings, proclaiming himself “a real live lefty.”
Words over the wire never sounded better to the frightened boy than those words.The Mountain Divide|Frank H. Spearman
When he fails to get an answer to his call he'll think that this huge snow has broken down the wire.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
They paused for a moment at the wire fencing, and looked through.Idle Ideas in 1905|Jerome K. Jerome
You have him wire the best price he can get, and I'll go it one better.The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp|Thornton W. Burgess
La Touche took the roll of wire and held it in his hands for a moment.The Beach of Dreams|H. De Vere Stacpoole
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.