- 1 [mass noun] Metal drawn out into the form of a thin flexible thread or rod: a coil of copper wire [as modifier]: a wire coat hangerMore example sentences
- Having very thin wire needles pushed into your skin and twiddled is a very bizarre experience.
- Others were woven with thin copper wire, creating a seductively shiny and semisolid surface.
- The earliest chronographs used vacuum tubes for timing and a thin copper wire to start and stop.
- 1.1 [count noun] A length or quantity of wire used to carry an electric current, for fencing, etc..More 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.
- 1.2 (usually the wire) North American Horse Racing A wire stretched across and above the start and finish of a racecourse.More example sentences
- The pair fought furiously through Churchill's long stretch and were on nearly even terms at the wire and needed the photo finish camera to separate them.
- Bred by Devonia Stud, Royal Dragon was held up early in the one-mile turf contest but was able to range up into contention more than one furlong from the wire.
- She finished five lengths behind Azeri at the wire.
- 2An electronic listening device that can be concealed on a person: an undercover police informer who was wearing a wireMore example sentences
- And now she was here, doing what he'd asked while he listened on a wire.
- 3 • informal , chiefly North American A telegram or cablegram.More 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.
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- 1Install electric circuits or wires in: wiring a plug electricians wired up searchlightsMore example sentences
- The meeting discussed heating arrangements for the winter months and hope to get the prefab wired up for electricity during the next few weeks.
- The polygraph, where you're - as you're aware, you have to be wired up to and it measures blood pressure, and heart rate and pulse and so on and so forth.
- The informer, who is wired up, is told by one of the News of the World team hidden in a nearby van to move aside so that the paper's photographer can get a clear view of the ‘gang’ to take a picture.
- 1.1Connect (someone or something) to a piece of electronic equipment: a microphone wired to a loudspeakerMore example sentences
- There's no point buying several grands' worth of audiophile equipment only to wire it up to cheap speakers.
- Electronic components are then wired on to the device to process information that it senses or to drive the movement of its mechanical parts.
- Although he has been told he would be unlikely to win a patent for wiring a vintage receiver to a handphone, he thinks he can turn it into a design-driven business.
- 2Provide, fasten, or reinforce with wires: they wired his jawMore example sentences
- Is it necessary for the jaw to be wired shut afterward?
- Later, lying in the hospital with his jaw wired shut, Uncle Tap complained to Dennis that his nocturnal activities had been curtailed.
- After all, it's hard to do a reading with your jaw wired shut.
- 3 • informal , chiefly North American Send a telegram or cablegram to: she wired her friend for adviceMore example sentences
- As soon as the telegraph lines were back up and running she'd wire the Western Rangers, after all this was what they did for a living.
- 3.1 [with two objects] Send (money) to (someone) by means of a telegram or cablegram: he was expecting a friend in Australia to wire him $1,500More example sentences
- Instead he is unable to clear up suspicions that he embezzled funds and wired large sums of money to the US.
- These charges range from weapons smuggling to illegally wiring large sums of money into the United States.
- They can have the money wired to their bank account, they can open an account with a specified bank, or they can pick up their winnings personally.
- By telegraph: he conducted business by wireMore example sentences
- In the near future, the 1932 edition predicted, ‘we shall receive pictures by wire, as is already being done by one or two newspapers’.
- For many decades into the late 20th Century, the railway relied on a daily time signal from the Dominion Observatory, sent by wire all across Canada.
- We notified Hopkins by wire about the letters and then went back to Baker Street to wait.
down to the wire
- • informal Used to denote a situation whose outcome is not decided until the very last minute: it was probable that the test of nerves would go down to the wireMore example sentences
- Many games especially those with playoff implications will go right down to the wire and be decided by a handful of points.
- It could go down to the wire, but the Swedes could just hold their nerve best either in extra-time or penalties.
- The game went down to the wire, each team trading baskets until we were tied at 80.
get one's wires crossed
- see cross.
under the wire
- North American • informal At the last possible opportunity; just in time: the team got into the playoffs just under the wireMore example sentences
- Deadline's tomorrow, and I won't be slipping in under the wire.
- He called the place and just barely made it under the wire for the deadline for an interview.
- I know that you hate how they get their payments in just under the wire.
- North American • informal From start to finish: he may not have what it takes to lead from wire-to-wireMore example sentences
- Get it while it's hot because it'll be awhile before the ol’ ball coach competes wire-to-wire for the SEC championship.
- Lost in the Fog was a tired colt on Sunday morning but otherwise in good spirits a day after his wire-to-wire victory in the King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
- If she starts out fast, she could go wire-to-wire.
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- Our electrical wirers are also capable of carrying out electrical conversion work.
- An Opportunity has arisen in the Coventry area for a skilled wirer that involves working with injection mould machines.
- After one or two years of satisfactory performance, frame wirers may be selected to train for a more skilled job such as that of test desk technician or central office repairer.
Old English wīr; of Germanic origin, probably from the base of Latin viere 'plait, weave'.