Definitions for: Wire

[n] ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
[n] a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
[n] a message transmitted by telegraph
[n] the finishing line on a racetrack
[v] equip for use with electricity; "electrify an appliance"
[v] send cables, wires, or telegrams
[v] fasten with wire; "The columns were wired to the beams for support"
[v] string on a wire, as of beads
[v] provide with electrical circuits, as of a house or a car

Webster (1913) Definition: Wire, n.
1. Chiefly in pl. The system of wires used to operate the
puppets in a puppet show; hence (Chiefly Political Slang),
the network of hidden influences controlling the action of
a person or organization; as, to pull the wires for

2. One who picks women's pockets. [Thieves' Slang]

3. A knitting needle. [Scot.]

4. A wire stretching across over a race track at the judges'
stand, to mark the line at which the races end. [Racing

Wire, v. t. (Croquet)
To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a
successful shot.

Wire, n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. v[=i]rr, Dan.
vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin
to E. withy. ????.]
1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance
formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved
rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.

Note: Wire is made of any desired form, as round, square,
triangular, etc., by giving this shape to the hole in
the drawplate, or between the rollers.

2. A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph;
as, to send a message by wire. [Colloq.]

Wire bed, Wire mattress, an elastic bed bottom or
mattress made of wires interwoven or looped together in
various ways.

Wire bridge, a bridge suspended from wires, or cables made
of wire.

Wire cartridge, a shot cartridge having the shot inclosed
in a wire cage.

Wire cloth, a coarse cloth made of woven metallic wire, --
used for strainers, and for various other purposes.

Wire edge, the thin, wirelike thread of metal sometimes
formed on the edge of a tool by the stone in sharpening

Wire fence, a fence consisting of posts with strained
horizontal wires, wire netting, or other wirework,

Wire gauge or gage.
(a) A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire, thickness
of sheet metal, etc., often consisting of a metal
plate with a series of notches of various widths in
its edge.
(b) A standard series of sizes arbitrarily indicated, as
by numbers, to which the diameter of wire or the
thickness of sheet metal in usually made, and which is
used in describing the size or thickness. There are
many different standards for wire gauges, as in
different countries, or for different kinds of metal,
the Birmingham wire gauges and the American wire gauge
being often used and designated by the abbreviations
B. W. G. and A. W. G. respectively.

Wire gauze, a texture of finely interwoven wire, resembling

Wire grass (Bot.), either of the two common grasses
Eleusine Indica, valuable for hay and pasture, and {Poa
compressa}, or blue grass. See Blue grass.

Wire grub (Zo["o]l.), a wireworm.

Wire iron, wire rods of iron.

Wire lathing, wire cloth or wire netting applied in the
place of wooden lathing for holding plastering.

Wire mattress. See Wire bed, above.

Wire micrometer, a micrometer having spider lines, or fine
wires, across the field of the instrument.

Wire nail, a nail formed of a piece of wire which is headed
and pointed.

Wire netting, a texture of woven wire coarser than ordinary
wire gauze.

Wire rod, a metal rod from which wire is formed by drawing.

Wire rope, a rope formed wholly, or in great part, of

Wire, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wired; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to;
as, to wire corks in bottling liquors.

2. To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads.

3. To snare by means of a wire or wires.

4. To send (a message) by telegraph. [Colloq.]

Wire, v. i.
1. To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a
tenuous stream. [R.] --P. Fletcher.

2. To send a telegraphic message. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: cable, conducting wire, electrify, telegram, telegraph

Antonyms: unwire

See Also: accommodate, adapt, baling wire, barbed wire, cable, cablegram, conductor, draw, equip, fasten, filament, finish line, finishing line, fit, fit out, fix, haywire, jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, lead-in, letter telegram, ligament, message, night letter, outfit, overseas telegram, patchcord, piano wire, rewire, secure, string, telecommunicate, telegraph line, telegraph wire, telephone line, telephone wire, thread, trip wire

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