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[wahyuh r-drawn]
  1. drawn out long and thin like a wire.
  2. (of ideas, comparisons, etc.) finely spun; extremely intricate; minute.
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Origin of wiredrawn

First recorded in 1595–1605; wire + drawn


[wahyuh r-draw]
verb (used with object), wire·drew, wire·drawn, wire·draw·ing.
  1. to draw (metal) out into wire, especially by pulling forcibly through a series of holes of gradually decreasing diameter in a succession of dies.
  2. to draw out to great length, in quantity or time; stretch out to excess.
  3. to strain unwarrantably, as in meaning.
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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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Examples from the Web for wiredrawn

Historical Examples of wiredrawn

  • Decadence is foreshadowed, but not yet is the art academic and wiredrawn.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • They did not consist of a series of wiredrawn dissertations upon isolated texts.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

  • He fails to make it either straightforward or appropriate, and declines into the super-subtle or wiredrawn.



British Dictionary definitions for wiredrawn


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn
  1. to convert (metal) into wire by drawing through successively smaller dies
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