[wahyuh r-lis]
  1. having no wire.
  2. noting or pertaining to any of various devices that are operated with or actuated by electromagnetic waves.
  3. Chiefly British. radio.
  1. wireless telegraphy or telephony.
  2. a wireless telegraph or telephone, or the like.
  3. any system or device, as a cell phone, for transmitting messages or signals by electromagnetic waves.
  4. a wireless message.
  5. Chiefly British. radio.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to telegraph or telephone by wireless.

Origin of wireless

First recorded in 1890–95; wire + -less
Related formswire·less·ly, adverbwire·less·ness, nounpre·wire·less, adjective
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  1. communicating without connecting wires or other material contactswireless networks; wireless internet connection
  1. mainly British old-fashioned another word for radio
Derived Formswirelessly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for wirelessly


1894, as a type of telegraph, from wire (n.) + -less. In reference to radio broadcasting, attested from 1903, subsequently superseded by radio.

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