firewire

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English[edit]

A 6-pin FireWire plug.

Etymology[edit]

fire +‎ wire. In the first sense ("high speech digital link standard"), the term was originally a trade name—capitalized FireWire—used by Apple Inc. as it developed the standard in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Noun[edit]

firewire (plural firewires)

  1. A high speed digital link standard covered by the IEEE1394-1995 standard.
  2. A system of wires or tubes designed to detect fire and trigger automatic fire-extinguishers in an aircraft engine compartment for example.

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