Wiredrew
Wiredraw Wire"draw`, v. t. [imp. {Wiredrew}; p. p. {Wiredrawn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wiredrawing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it through a hole in a plate of steel. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to draw by art or violence. [1913 Webster]

My sense has been wiredrawn into blasphemy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, also, to draw or spin out to great length and tenuity; as, to wiredraw an argument. [1913 Webster]

Such twisting, such wiredrawing, was never seen in a court of justice. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. (Steam Engine) To pass, or to draw off, (as steam) through narrow ports, or the like, thus reducing its pressure or force by friction. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wiredrew — wire·drew (wīrʹdro͞o ) v. Past tense of wiredraw. * * * …   Universalium

  • Wiredraw — Wire draw , v. t. [imp. {Wiredrew}; p. p. {Wiredrawn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wiredrawing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it through a hole in a plate of steel. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to draw by art or violence.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wiredrawing — Wiredraw Wire draw , v. t. [imp. {Wiredrew}; p. p. {Wiredrawn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wiredrawing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it through a hole in a plate of steel. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to draw by art or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wiredrawn — Wiredraw Wire draw , v. t. [imp. {Wiredrew}; p. p. {Wiredrawn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wiredrawing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it through a hole in a plate of steel. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to draw by art or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wiredraw — wiredrawer /wuyeur draw euhr/, n. /wuyeur draw /, v.t., wiredrew, wiredrawn, wiredrawing. 1. to draw (metal) out into wire, esp. by pulling forcibly through a series of holes of gradually decreasing diameter in a succession of dies. 2. to draw… …   Universalium

  • wiredraw — /ˈwaɪədrɔ/ (say wuyuhdraw) verb (t) (wiredrew, wiredrawn, wiredrawing) to draw (metal) out into wire, especially by pulling forcibly through a series of holes gradually decreasing in diameter. –wiredrawer, noun –wiredrawing, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • wiredraw — [wīrdrô΄] vt. wiredrew, wiredrawn, wiredrawing [back form. < wire drawer < WIRE + DRAWER] 1. to draw (metal) into wire 2. to draw out; spin out; protract; prolong 3. to make too subtle; strain (a point in argument) …   English World dictionary

  • wiredraw — v.tr. (past drew; past part. drawn) 1 draw (metal) out into wire. 2 elongate; protract unduly. 3 (esp. as wiredrawn adj.) refine or apply or press (an argument etc.) with idle or excessive subtlety. * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology:… …   Useful english dictionary

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