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Pronunciation: /waɪr; ˈwaɪə(r)/

Translation of wire in Spanish:


  • 2 countable/numerable 2.1 [Electricity/Electricidad] [Telecom] cable (masculine) bare wires cables pelados (before noun/delante del nombre) wire strippers alicates (masculine plural) pelacables, pinzas (feminine plural) de corte (Mexico/México) cross 2 2 2.2 (telegram) [colloquial/familiar] telegrama (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Today, of course, we are no longer tethered to telegraph or telephone wires for conversation.
    • I frequently went down to the C&O Coloma depot, and spent time there listening in on the wire with agent Baker.
    2.3 (teletype machine) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], teletipo (masculine) hot off the wire de última hora
    Example sentences
    • Iron creates the magnetic field and copper wires carry away the current generated.
    • Do wires degenerate when electric current is passed through them?
    • Objecting to unsightly overhead wires to provide electric current, most British systems did not adopt electric traction until after 1900.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [Electricity/Electricidad] to be wired to sth estar* conectado a algo these homes are wired for cable TV estas viviendas tienen instalación de televisión por cable the plug has been wrongly wired han conectado mal los cables del enchufe 1.2 (telegraph) [colloquial/familiar] wire me when you get there mándame un telegrama cuando llegues they wired me the news, they wired the news to me me comunicaron la noticia por telegrama, me telegrafiaron la noticia they wired me some money me mandaron un giro telegráfico 1.3 (bug) [colloquial/familiar] [room/apartment] colocar* or esconder micrófonos en
  • 2 (fasten) the parts are wired in place las piezas van sujetas con alambre she had her jaws wired (together) le inmovilizaron las mandíbulas

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (telegraph) [colloquial/familiar] mandar un telegrama

Phrasal verbs

wire up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[stereo/computer] conectar to wire sth up to sth conectar algo a algo

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