wire

Definitions

General English

General Science

Aviation

  • noun metal drawn out into the form of a thread or string

Computing

  • verb to install wiring in something

Electronics

  • A single metallic strand, thread, or rod which is flexible and usually has a circular cross section.
  • A wire (1) which serves as an electric conductor. Such a wire may or may not have insulation. Also called electric wire.
  • One or more wires (1) bundled together and encased by a protective sheath. The contained conductors are insulated from each other. Also called cable (1).
  • To lay cables or connect components, devices, and equipment utilizing wires.
  • An open telephone connection.
  • To send a message via telegraph. Also, to send a message over a network using wires or cables.
  • A message sent via wire (6).
  • To connect electrical components and devices directly with wires or cables, as opposed to utilizing intervening switches or radio links. Also called hard-wire (1).

Military

  • noun a cord-like material made of metal

Publishing

  • noun a small metal staple, used for binding

Travel

  • noun a thin metal line or thread

Astronomy

  • acronym forWide-Field Infrared Explorer
    (written as WIRE)

Origin & History of “wire”

Wire probably goes back ultimately to the Indo-European base *wi- ‘plait’. Related forms in other Germanic languages have now largely died out. The adjective wireless is first recorded in 1894 (in the term wireless telephone); its use as a noun dates from around 1903.
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