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wire US English

Metal drawn out into the form of a thin flexible thread or rod

wire US Thesaurus

the wires will be run under the ground

by wire US English

By telegraph

fuse wire US English

Thin wire used in an electric fuse

high wire US English

A high tightrope

hot-wire US English

Start the engine of (a vehicle) by bypassing the ignition system, typically in order to steal it

live wire US English

An energetic and unpredictable person

news wire US English

An electronically transmitted service providing up-to-the-minute news stories, financial market updates, and other information

wire door US English

A door with a panel of wire mesh which allows for ventilation but keeps out flying insects

wire-draw US English

Draw out (metal) into wire by passing it through a series of holes of diminishing diameter in a steel plate

wire rope US English

A length of rope made from wires twisted together as strands; cable

barbed wire US English

Wire with clusters of short, sharp spikes set at intervals along it, used to make fences or in warfare as an obstruction

mulga wire US English

An informal network by which information or gossip is spread rapidly; the bush telegraph

piano wire US English

Strong steel wire used especially for piano strings

razor wire US English

A metal wire or ribbon with sharp edges or studded with small sharp blades, used as a barrier

wire brush US English

A brush with tough wire bristles for cleaning hard surfaces

wire cloth US English

Fabric woven from wire

wire cutter US English

A tool for cutting wire

wire fraud US English

Financial fraud involving the use of telecommunications or information technology

wire gauge US English

A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire

wire grass US English

A grass with tough wiry stems

wire-guided US English

(Of a missile) directed by means of electrical signals transmitted along fine connecting wires that uncoil during the missile’s flight

wire-haired US English

(Especially of a dog breed) having stiff or wiry hair

wire-walker US English

An acrobat who walks along and performs feats on a tightrope

wire wheel US English

A wheel on a car, especially a sports car, having narrow metal spokes

chicken wire US English

Light wire netting with a hexagonal mesh

wire service US English

A news agency that supplies syndicated news by wire to newspapers, radio, and television stations

wire stripper US English

A tool for removing the insulation from electric wires

fly-by-wire US English

A semiautomatic and typically computer-regulated system for controlling the flight of an aircraft or spacecraft

drive-by-wire US English

A semiautomatic and normally computer-regulated system for controlling the engine, handling, suspension, and other functions of a motor vehicle

steer-by-wire US English

Another term for drive-by-wire.

under the wire US English

At the last possible opportunity; just in time

down to the wire US English

Used to denote a situation whose outcome is not decided until the very last minute

by wire in wire US English

By telegraph

rewire US English

Provide (an appliance, building, or vehicle) with new electric wiring

wireman US English

An electrician

zip line US English

An inclined cable or rope with a suspended harness, pulley, or handle, down which a person slides for amusement

barbwire US English

Barbed wire

tripwire US English

A wire stretched close to the ground, working a trap, explosion, or alarm when disturbed and serving to detect or prevent people or animals entering an area

wire-drew in wire-draw US English

Draw out (metal) into wire by passing it through a series of holes of diminishing diameter in a steel plate

wireline US English

A telegraph or telephone wire

under the wire in wire US English

At the last possible opportunity; just in time

wire gauze in gauze US English

A very fine wire mesh

jumper wire in jumper2 US English

A short wire used to complete an electric circuit or bypass a break in a circuit

the mulga wire in mulga wire US English

An informal network by which information or gossip is spread rapidly; the bush telegraph

wire-brush in wire brush US English

Clean (something) with a wire brush

wire-drawn in wire-draw US English

Draw out (metal) into wire by passing it through a series of holes of diminishing diameter in a steel plate

wireframe US English

A skeletal three-dimensional model in which only lines and vertices are represented


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