See also: Wire
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.
- 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.
- (Scotland) A knitting needle.
- (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
Hyponyms of wire
Terms derived from wire
thin thread of metal
metal conductor that carries electricity
fence made of usually barbed wire
sports: finish line of a racetrack
informal: telegraph — see telegraph
informal: message transmitted by telegraph — see telegram
device used to keep the score in billiards — see score string
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- 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.
- To equip with wires for use with electricity.
- 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.
- (informal) To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominately by telegraph.
Urgent: please wire me another 100 pounds sterling.
- To make someone tense or psyched up.
I'm never going to sleep: I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
- (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.
- (to equip for use with electricity): electrify
- (informal: to send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system): cable, telegraph
- (to fasten with wire): unwire
Terms derived from wire
to fasten with wire
to equip with wires for use with electricity
to add something into an electrical system by means of wiring
informal: to send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system
to make someone tense or psyched-up
slang: to install eavesdropping equipment