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wire British & World English

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

fuse wire British & World English

Thin wire used in an electric fuse

hot-wire British & World English

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

live wire British & World English

An energetic and unpredictable person

wire door British & World English

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

wire-draw British & World English

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

wire rope British & World English

A length of rope made from wires twisted together as strands

wire wool British & World English

Another term for steel wool.

wire-to-wire British & World English

From start to finish

barbed wire British & World English

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

mulga wire British & World English

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

piano wire British & World English

Strong steel wire used for piano strings

razor wire British & World English

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

wire brush British & World English

A brush with tough wire bristles for cleaning hard surfaces

wire cloth British & World English

Cloth woven from wire

wire cutter British & World English

A tool for cutting wire

wire fraud British & World English

Financial fraud involving the use of telecommunications or information technology

wire gauge British & World English

A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire

wire gauze British & World English

A stiff gauze woven from wire

wire grass British & World English

A grass with tough wiry stems

wire-guided British & World English

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

wire-haired British & World English

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

wire-walker British & World English

An acrobat who walks along and performs feats on a tightrope

wire wheel British & World English

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

chicken wire British & World English

Light wire netting with a hexagonal mesh

wire service British & World English

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

wire stripper British & World English

A tool for removing the insulation from electric wires

fly-by-wire British & World English

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

drive-by-wire British & World English

A semi-automatic and typically computer-regulated system for controlling the engine, handling, suspension, and other functions of a motor vehicle

under the wire British & World English

At the last possible opportunity; just in time

down to the wire British & World English

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

rewire British & World English

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

the wire in wire British & World English

A wire stretched across and above the start and finish of a racecourse

wireman British & World English

An installer or repairer of electric wiring

zip line British & World English

A cable or rope stretched between two points of different heights, down which a person slides for amusement by means of a suspended harness, pulley or handle

zip wire in zip line British & World English

A cable or rope stretched between two points of different heights, down which a person slides for amusement by means of a suspended harness, pulley or handle

tripwire British & World 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-drawing in wire-draw British & World English

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

wireline British & World English

A telegraph or telephone wire

under the wire in wire British & World English

At the last possible opportunity; just in time


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