[ wahyuh r-ing ]
/ ˈwaɪər ɪŋ /


an act of a person who wires.
Electricity. the aggregate of wires in a lighting system, switchboard, radio, etc.

Nearby words

  1. wireway,
  2. wirework,
  3. wireworks,
  4. wireworm,
  5. wirilda,
  6. wiring harness,
  7. wirra,
  8. wirrah,
  9. wirral,
  10. wirsung's canal

Origin of wiring

First recorded in 1800–10; wire + -ing1

Origin of wire

before 900; Middle English wir(e) (noun), Old English wīr; cognate with Low German wīr, Old Norse vīra- wire, Old High German wiara fine goldwork

Related forms
Can be confusedwhy're wire

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British Dictionary definitions for wiring


/ (ˈwaɪərɪŋ) /


the network of wires used in an electrical system, device, or circuit
the quality or condition of such a network


used in wiring


/ (waɪə) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formswirelike, adjective

Word Origin for wire

Old English wīr; related to Old High German wiara, Old Norse vīra, Latin viriae bracelet

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Word Origin and History for wiring
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Medicine definitions for wiring


[ wīrĭng ]


The fastening together of the ends of a broken bone with wire sutures.

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Idioms and Phrases with wiring


see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.

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