Definition of hot-wire in English:


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[with object] informal
  • Start the engine of (a vehicle) by bypassing the ignition system, typically in order to steal it.
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    • It was taken after a gang cut the padlock on the security gate and hot-wired the vehicle.
    • Hot-wiring a plane, however, is easier than hot-wiring a car.
    • Reports at the time included 50 cars being hot-wired and driven out of the showroom to be disembowelled for parts, and hundreds hospitalised after fires and fighting broke out.


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  • (Of an electrical instrument) depending on the expansion of a wire when heated or on a change in the electrical resistance of a wire when heated or cooled: a hot-wire detector
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    • Today most PCMs measure airflow directly, using either a hot-wire or a hot-film airflow sensor.
    • A hot-wire device designed as a gas-loaded heat pipe has been used to study the axial magnetic field influence on the heat transfer in a potassium vapor.
    • This portable hot wire anemometer provides fast accurate reading with digital readability and is ideally suited for environmental testing.

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