From Middle English wir, wyr, from Old English wīr (“wire, metal thread, wire-ornament”), from Proto-Germanic *wīraz (“wire”), from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁iros (“a twist, thread, cord, wire”), from *weh₁y- (“to turn, twist, weave, plait”).
- (uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
- From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
- A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable.
- A metal conductor that carries electricity.
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
- Time is running out, so I renounce a spin on a Class 387 for a fast run to Paddington on another Class 800 - a shame as the weather was perfect for pictures. Even so, it's enjoyable - boy, can those trains shift under the wires.
- A fence made of usually barbed wire.
- (sports) A finish line of a racetrack.
- (informal) A telecommunication wire or cable.
- (by extension) An electric telegraph; a telegram.
- (slang) A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
- (informal) A deadline or critical endpoint.
- This election is going to go right to the wire
- (billiards) A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.
- (usually in the plural) Any of the system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show; hence, the network of hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization; strings.
- to pull the wires for office
- (archaic, thieves' slang) A pickpocket who targets women.
- (slang) A covert signal sent between people cheating in a card game.
- (Scotland) A knitting needle.
- The slender shaft of the plumage of certain birds.
- (thin thread of metal): cable, steel wire, thread
- (metal conductor that carries electricity): conducting wire
- (fencing made of usually barbed wire): barbed wire
- (informal: telegraph): See telegraph
- (informal: message transmitted by telegraph): See telegram
- (object used to keep the score in billiards): score string
- American wire gauge
- barbed wire
- by wire
- cheese wire
- chicken wire
- conducting wire
- contact wire
- down to the wire
- enameled wire
- French wire
- fuse wire
- get one's wires crossed
- have one's wires crossed
- highwire walker
- Kirschner wire
- live wire
- magnesium wire
- mosquito wire
- mulga wire
- office wire
- on the wire
- page wire
- piano wire
- pinion wire
- pressure wire
- private-wire house
- pull the wires
- razor wire
- spit and baling wire
- under the wire
- wire bail
- wire broadcasting
- wire brush
- wire cartridge
- wire clippers
- wire cloth
- wire cloth
- wire copy
- wire cutter
- wire cutters
- wire edge
- wire entanglement
- wire fox terrier
- wireframe, wire frame
- wire fraud
- wire fu
- wire gauze
- wire gun
- wirehaired, wire-haired
- wire netting
- wire nut
- wire recorder
- wire rope
- wire service
- wire speed
- wire stem
- wire transfer
- wire wool
- wire wrap
- word on the wire
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- → Gulf Arabic: واير (wāyir)
- To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing.
- We need to wire that hole in the fence.
- To string on a wire.
- wire beads
- To equip with wires for use with electricity.
- Do you know how to wire a plug?
- 2020 April 8, “Network News: MML still on electrification agenda”, in Rail, page 23:
- Replying on March 20 to a Commons Written Question from Alberto Costa (Conservative, South Leicestershire) about plans to wire to Leicester, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: "We are currently investing in the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it was completed in 1870. [...]
- To add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something.
- I'll just wire your camera to the computer screen.
- (figuratively, usually passive) To fix or predetermine (someone's personality or behaviour) in a particular way.
- There's no use trying to get Sarah to be less excitable. That's just the way she's wired.
- To send a message or monetary funds to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominantly by telegraph.
- Urgent: please wire me another 100 pounds sterling.
- The detective wired ahead, hoping that the fugitive would be caught at the railway station.
- (slang) To make someone tense or psyched up. See also adjective wired.
- Coffee late at night wires me good and proper.
- (slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.
- We wired the suspect's house.
- To snare by means of a wire or wires.
- (transitive, croquet) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.
- (equip for use with electricity): electrify
- (informal: send a message or funds by telecommunications): cable, telegraph
- (to fasten with wire): unwire
- Romanization of
- François, Alexandre. 2021. Teanu dictionary (Solomon Islands). Dictionaria 15. 1-1877. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.5653063. – Lovono wire, under Teanu entry ero.
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