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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wirenoun

    ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc

  2. wire, conducting wirenoun

    a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

  3. wirenoun

    the finishing line on a racetrack

  4. telegram, wireverb

    a message transmitted by telegraph

  5. wireverb

    provide with electrical circuits

    "wire the addition to the house"

  6. cable, telegraph, wireverb

    send cables, wires, or telegrams

  7. wireverb

    fasten with wire

    "The columns were wired to the beams for support"

  8. wireverb

    string on a wire

    "wire beads"

  9. electrify, wireverb

    equip for use with electricity

    "electrify an appliance"

GCIDE

  1. Wirenoun

    Chiefly in pl. The system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show; hence (Chiefly Political Slang), the network of hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization; as, to pull the wires for office; -- in this sense, synonymous with strings.

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  2. Wireverb

    to equip with a system of wiring, especially for supply of electrical power or communication; as, to wire an office for networking the computers; to wire a building with 220-Volt current.

  3. Wireverb

    to equip with an electronic system for eavesdropping; to bug; as, to wire the office of a mob boss; to wire an informant so as to record his conversations.

Wiktionary

  1. wirenoun

    Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  2. wirenoun

    A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  3. wirenoun

    A metal conductor that carries electricity.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  4. wirenoun

    A fence made of usually barbed wire.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  5. wirenoun

    A finish line of a racetrack.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  6. wirenoun

    A telecommunication wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; a telegram

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  7. wirenoun

    A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  8. wirenoun

    A deadline or critical endpoint.

    This election is going to go right to the wire

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  9. wirenoun

    A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  10. wireverb

    To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing.

    We need to wire that hole in the fence.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  11. wireverb

    To string on a wire.

    wire beads

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  12. wireverb

    To equip with wires for use with electricity.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  13. wireverb

    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.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  14. wireverb

    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.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  15. wireverb

    To make someone tense or psyched-up.

    I'm never going to sleep u2013 I'm completely wired from all that coffee.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

  16. wireverb

    To install eavesdropping equipment.

    We wired the suspect's house.

    Etymology: wīr, from Proto-Germanic *wĩraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wei- ('to turn,' 'to twist,' 'to plait'). Cognate with Swedish vira ('to twist'), Latin vieo, viere ('to weave together'), Welsh gwyr ('bent'), and Greek ίρις ('rainbow').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wirenoun

    a thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  2. Wirenoun

    a telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  3. Wireverb

    to bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  4. Wireverb

    to put upon a wire; as, to wire beads

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  5. Wireverb

    to snare by means of a wire or wires

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  6. Wireverb

    to send (a message) by telegraph

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  7. Wireverb

    to pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

  8. Wireverb

    to send a telegraphic message

    Etymology: [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. vrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. 141.]

Freebase

  1. Wire

    A wire is a single, usually cylindrical, flexible strand or rod of metal. Wires are used to bear mechanical loads and to carry electricity and telecommunications signals. Wire is commonly formed by drawing the metal through a hole in a die or draw plate. Standard sizes are determined by various wire gauges. The term wire is also used more loosely to refer to a bundle of such strands, as in 'multistranded wire', which is more correctly termed a wire rope in mechanics, or a cable in electricity. Although usually circular in cross-section, wire can be made in square, hexagonal, flattened rectangular, or other cross-sections, either for decorative purposes, or for technical purposes such as high-efficiency voice coils in loudspeakers. Edge-wound coil springs, such as the Slinky toy, are made of special flattened wire.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wire

    wīr, n. a thread of metal: the metal thread used in telegraphy, &c.: the string of an instrument: the slender shaft of the plumage of certain birds: a telegram: (slang) a clever pickpocket: (Shak.) the lash, scourge.—adj. formed of wire.—v.t. to bind, snare, or supply with wire: to keep the ends of a broken bone together with wire: to send by telegraph.—v.i. to telegraph.—n. Wire′-bridge, a suspension-bridge.—adj. Wired, having wiry feathers.—n. Wire′-dan′cer, a performer on a tight wire.—v.t. Wire′-draw, to draw into wire: to draw or spin out to a great length: to strain or stretch the meaning of anything.—ns. Wire′drawer; Wire′drawing.—adj. Wire′drawn, spun out into needless fine distinctions.—ns. Wire′-gauze, a kind of stiff close fabric made of fine wire; Wire′-grass, a kind of fine meadow-grass; Wire′-guard, wire-netting placed in front of a fire; Wire′-heel, a defect or disease of the foot; Wire′-man, one who puts up or takes care of wires; Wire′-net′ting, Wire′work, a texture of wire woven in the form of a net; Wire′-pull′er, one who exercises an influence felt but not seen, as if the actors were his puppets and he pulled the wires that move them: an intriguer; Wire′-pull′ing; Wī′rer, a snarer; Wire′-rope, a rope of twisted iron or steel.—adj. Wire′-sewed, -stitched, sewed with wire instead of thread.—ns. Wire′way, transportation by means of wires; Wire′work, articles made of wire; Wire′worker; Wire′working; Wire′-worm, a name given to the larvæ of click-beetles, from their slenderness and uncommon hardness, very injurious to root, grain, and fodder crops.—adj. Wire′wove, denoting a fine glazed quality of writing-paper.—adv. Wī′rily.—n. Wī′riness, the state of being wiry.—adj. Wī′ry, made of, or like, wire: flexible and strong.—Wire away, or in, to act with vigour.—Pull the wires (see Wire-puller above). [A.S. wír; Ice. vírr; perh. conn. with L. viriæ, bracelets.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4340

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wire' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3186

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wire' in Nouns Frequency: #1414

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wire in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of wire in a Sentence

  1. Lizzy Gardiner:

    They all had my name on them, and I joined all the cards together with wire. Full length, and [ it ] was split almost to the waist because there was no other way of doing it. I had gold underwear on, and off I went.

  2. James HeslinJames Heslin:

    Everyone in Ireland knows someone or knows someone who knows someone who has gone through an abortion in England. The law (in Ireland) is trapping people into situations they don't want to be in. The wire is symbiotic.

  3. Prosecutor Molins:

    The head was discovered hanging on the factory's wire fence, framed by two flags that included references to the shahada, or (Muslim) profession of faith.

  4. Filomena Simone:

    The movement of the hand is done by the wire. This wire, when activated, they contract. And we are able to exploit this contraction to make the finger move. And we can move each phalanx independently.

  5. Peggy Schaffer:

    We could be looking at a substantial amount of money that will not only run wire by people's houses but also make sure they can afford the connection and know how to use it, the pandemic really ripped off the cover. The internet is an integral part of our civic, economic and social lives. It's the great equalizer.

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