- 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.
Origin of wire
Examples from the Web for wires
Contemporary Examples of wires
The lines may not seem like much – a punch of poles, wires and equipment.Electricity Superhighway
October 16, 2014
The panel systems have conduits underneath them, which house the wires that transmit the electricity generated.Pave the Roads With Solar Panels?
The Daily Beast
June 3, 2014
Wires hang from its ceiling, its marble floors are chipped and trash is strewn across the dusty corridors.Egypt To Newspapers: Support The Army Or Else
February 27, 2014
In 2011, the wires were clogged with stories of a potential Peace Prize gong for Julian Assange.Nobel Nomination Nonsense
January 30, 2014
When news of the smuggled skulls broke over the wires early last November a Tweeter from Mogadishu replied: Shhh keep it quiet!Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade
January 26, 2014
Historical Examples of wires
A glance at the illustration will make this plain, and also show how the wires are to be placed.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Mrs. Robbins was slight, and hung on wires,—so said her neighbors.Tiverton Tales
As the wires snapped into place, she halted and looked back at him.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
It is Faraday's currents that speed from place to place through these wires.
The new was composed of the same number of wires, but weighed 300 pounds to the mile.
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.