hot-wire

Definitions

Electronics

  • (written as hot wire)
    A wire which is connected electrically to a source of voltage. Also called live wire (1).
  • (written as hot wire)
    A wire which is not electrically grounded.
  • (written as hot wire)
    A wire which expands when heated and contracts when cooled, such as that used in a hotwire relay or a hot-wire ammeter.

Slang

  • verb to start (a car) by tampering with the ignition electrics rather than using the key. A thieves’ and law enforcers’ term.
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