wire


wire
wire [wīr]
n.
[ME < OE wir, akin to LowG wīr < IE * weir- < base * wei-, to bend, turn > WITHE, Gr iris, rainbow, L vitis, vine]
1. metal that has been drawn into a very long, thin thread or rod, usually circular in cross section
2. a length of this, used for various purposes, such as conducting electric current or stringing musical instruments
3. wire netting or other wirework
4. anything made of wire or wirework, as a telephone cable, a barbed-wire fence, or a snare
5.
a) telegraph [reply by wire]
b) a telegram
6. Slang a concealed microphone or recording device, carried or worn as for espionage or by undercover police
7. Horse Racing a wire above the finish line of a race
adj.
made of wire or wirework
vt.
wired, wiring
1. to furnish, connect, bind, attach, string, etc. with a wire or wires
2. to supply with a system of wires for electric current
3. to telegraph
4. Archaic to snare with a wire or wires
vi.
to telegraph
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☆ down to the wire
to the very end or the very last moments
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☆ pull wires [from the wires used to operate puppets]
to use private influence to achieve a purpose
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☆ (get in) under the wire
(to arrive or accomplish something) barely on time or at the last minute
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from wire to wire or wire to wire or wire-to-wire
Informal from start to finish: also wire-to-wire
wirelike
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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