Definition of hot-wire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhät ˌwī(ə)r/


[with object] informal
Start the engine of (a vehicle) by bypassing the ignition system, typically in order to steal it.
Example sentences
  • 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.


(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
More example sentences
  • 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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