[ wahyuh r-drawn ]
/ ˈwaɪərˌdrɔn /


drawn out long and thin like a wire.
(of ideas, comparisons, etc.) finely spun; extremely intricate; minute.

Origin of wiredrawn

First recorded in 1595–1605; wire + drawn

Definition for wiredrawn (2 of 2)


[ wahyuh r-draw ]
/ ˈwaɪərˌdrɔ /

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.

Origin of wiredraw

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

Related forms

wire·draw·er [wahyuh r-draw-er] /ˈwaɪərˌdrɔ ər/, noun
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Examples from the Web for wiredrawn

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wiredrawn


/ (ˈwaɪəˌdrɔː) /

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

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

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