wire
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wīr; akin to Old High German wiara fine gold work, Latin viēre to plait, and probably to Greek iris rainbow Date: before 12th century 1. a. metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod b. a thread or rod of such material 2. a. wirework b. the meshwork of parallel or woven wire on which the wet web of paper forms 3. something (as a thin plant stem) that is wirelike 4. plural a. a system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show b. hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization 5. a. a line of wire for conducting electric current — compare cord 3b b. a telephone or telegraph wire or system; especially wire service c. telegram, cablegram 6. fencing or a fence of usually barbed wire 7. a. the finish line of a race b. the final decisive moment (as of a contest) <
the negotiations came down to the wire
>
8. wirehairwirelike adjective II. verb (wired; wiring) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to provide with wire ; use wire on for a specific purpose 2. to send or send word to by telegraph 3. to connect by or as if by a wire 4. to predispose, determine, or establish genetically or innately <
controversy over the extent to which human violence is wired biologically
>
intransitive verb to send a telegraphic message • wirer noun

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  • Wire — (w[imac]r), n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. v[=i]rr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. [root]141.] [1913 Webster] 1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Wire — Wire, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wiring}.] 1. To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors. [1913 Webster] 2. To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads. [1913 Webster] 3. To snare …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wire — [waɪə ǁ waɪr] verb [transitive] 1. to send money electronically from one bank to another: • Prosecutors said Burks moved $45,000 to his girlfriend and wired $13,300 to a bank account in Florida. 2. also wire something up to connect something to a …   Financial and business terms

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  • wire — ► NOUN 1) metal drawn out into a thin flexible thread or rod. 2) a length or quantity of wire used for fencing, to carry an electric current, etc. 3) a concealed electronic listening device. 4) informal a telegram. ► VERB 1) install electric… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wire — Wire, v. i. 1. To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream. [R.] P. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] 2. To send a telegraphic message. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wire — Wire. См. Проволока. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Wire — For other uses, see Wire (disambiguation). Wires overhead 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… …   Wikipedia

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