[wahyuh r-draw]

verb (used with object), wire·drew, wire·drawn, wire·draw·ing.

to draw (metal) out into wire, especially by pulling forcibly through a series of holes of gradually decreasing diameter in a succession of dies.
to draw out to great length, in quantity or time; stretch out to excess.
to strain unwarrantably, as in meaning.

Nearby words

  1. wire-transfer,
  2. wire-wound resistor,
  3. wire-wove,
  4. wired,
  5. wired equivalent privacy,
  6. wiredrawer,
  7. wiredrawn,
  8. wireframe,
  9. wirehair,
  10. wirehaired

Origin of wiredraw

1590–1600; back formation from wiredrawer; see wire, drawer

Related formswire·draw·er [wahyuh r-draw-er] /ˈwaɪərˌdrɔ ər/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wiredraw


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn

to convert (metal) into wire by drawing through successively smaller dies
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