Definition of Wi-Fi in English:

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Wi-Fi

Pronunciation: /ˈwīfī/

noun

trademark
A facility allowing computers, smartphones, or other devices to connect to the Internet or communicate with one another wirelessly within a particular area.
Example sentences
  • While Wi-Fi is becoming a standard feature on notebooks, network coverage is anything but ubiquitous.
  • Add Wi-Fi, standard now on most new laptops, and your home office can be anywhere.
  • It will also deploy a Wi-Fi network to keep assorted hacks and photographers in touch.

verb (Wi-Fies, Wi-Fying, Wi-Fied)

[with object]
Convert or adapt for Wi-Fi compatibility: what type of electronics will be immune from being Wi-Fied?
More example sentences
  • Cybernomads already cluster at Starbucks, migrating to Kinko's if necessary for hardcopy, and abandon their offices to sit in Wi-Fied parks on sunny days.
  • So while we wait for all of these wires to be Bluetoothed and Wi-Fied into oblivion, it helps to know your plugs.
  • Crown for Royal City After Jerusalem, Mysore is the world's only other city to be entirely Wi-Fied.

Origin

1990s: from wireless + an apparently arbitrary second element, after hi-fi; sometimes incorrectly interpreted as a shortening of Wireless Fidelity.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Wi-Fi

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