- The definition of wire is made of metal in long, thin rods or threads.
An example of wire used as an adjective is in the phrase "wire fence," which means a fence made of such material.
- Wire is metal that is in very thin threads or rods, or something made of such a substance, or is slang for a hidden recording device.
- An example of wire is a thin round thread used to make a netting.
- An example of wire is a telephone cable.
- An example of a wire is a microphone hidden in a shirt of an undercover police officer.
wire definition by Webster's New World
- metal that has been drawn into a very long, thin thread or rod, usually circular in cross section
- a length of this, used for various purposes, such as conducting electric current or stringing musical instruments
- wire netting or other wirework
- anything made of wire or wirework, as a telephone cable, a barbed-wire fence, or a snare
- telegraph: reply by wire
- a telegram
- Slang a concealed microphone or recording device, carried or worn as for espionage or by undercover police
- ☆ Horse Racing a wire above the finish line of a race
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English wir, akin to Low German wīr ; from Indo-European an unverified form weir- ; from base an unverified form wei-, to bend, turn from source withe, Classical Greek iris, rainbow, Classical Latin vitis, vine
- to furnish, connect, bind, attach, string, etc. with a wire or wires
- to supply with a system of wires for electric current
- to telegraph
- Archaic to snare with a wire or wires
- wirelike adjective
wire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A usually pliable metallic strand or rod made in many lengths and diameters, sometimes clad and often electrically insulated, used chiefly for structural support or to conduct electricity.
- A group of wire strands bundled or twisted together as a functional unit; cable.
- Something resembling a wire, as in slenderness or stiffness.
- An open telephone connection.
- Slang A hidden microphone, as on a person's body or in a building.
- a. A telegraph service.b. A telegram or cablegram.
- A wire service.
- Computer Science A pin in the print head of a computer printer.
- The screen on which sheets of paper are formed in a papermaking machine.
- Sports The finish line of a racetrack.
- wiresa. The system of strings employed in manipulating puppets in a show.b. Hidden controlling influences.
- Slang A pickpocket.
- Fencing made of usually barbed wire.
- To bind, connect, or attach with wires or a wire.
- To string (beads, for example) on wire.
- To equip with a system of electrical wires.
- Slang To install electronic eavesdropping equipment in (a room, for example).
- To send by telegraph: wired her congratulations.
- To send a telegram to.
- Computer Science To implement (a capability) through logic circuitry that is permanently connected within a computer or calculator and therefore not subject to change by programming.
- To determine or put into effect by physiological or neurological mechanisms; hard-wire: “It is plausible that the basic organization of grammar is wired into the child's brain” (Steven Pinker).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English wīr; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
- wirˈa·ble adjective
wire - Computer Definition
A current-carrying metal conductor, generally encased in a dielectric insulating material. A solid core conductor comprises a single wire. A stranded conductor comprises a number (usually 7 or 17, because they pack neatly) of small wires.Telecommunications wires generally are made of copper to conduct electrical current, although tinned copper, copper-clad aluminum, and other metals and metal combinations also can be used. Stranded, rather than solid core, conductors are used in applications requiring high flex strength. The wires generally are separately insulated with polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), flouropolymer resin,Teflon, or some other low-smoke, fire-retardant, dielectric material.Two wires then typically are twisted in a helix with a constant pitch or distance to make a 360-degree twist to form a twisted pair. One or more pairs then are formed into a cable, which is covered in a protective sheath of dielectric material. See also cable, conductor, current, dielectric, flex strength, insulation, and twisted pair.
Generally refers to the physical cabling in a network. "Over the wire" means transmitting the signals onto the physical medium. Increasingly, the wire is no longer metal, but glass.
wire - Phrases/Idioms
down to the wireâ
Etymology: from the wires used to operate puppets
(get in) under the wireâ
(from) wire to wire
down to the wire
under the wire
- At the finish line. Informal
- Just in the nick of time; at the last moment.