- (uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
- A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable.
- A metal conductor that carries electricity.
- A fence made of usually barbed wire.
- (sports) A finish line of a racetrack.
- (informal) A telecommunication wire or cable
- (by extension) An electric telegraph; a telegram.
- (slang) A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
- (informal) A deadline or critical endpoint.
- This election is going to go right to the wire
- (billiards) A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.
- (usually, in the plural) Any of the system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show; hence, the network of hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization; strings.
- to pull the wires for office
- (archaic, thieves' slang) A pickpocket who targets women.
- (slang) A covert signal sent between people cheating in a card game.
- (Scotland) A knitting needle.
- The slender shaft of the plumage of certain birds.
- (thin thread of metal) cable, steel wire, thread
- (metal conductor that carries electricity) conducting wire
- (fencing made of usually barbed wire) barbed wire
- (informal: telegraph) See telegraph
- (informal: message transmitted by telegraph) See telegram
- (object used to keep the score in billiards) score string
- French: fil
- German: Draht
- Italian: filo, filo metallico
- Portuguese: arame
- Russian: про́волока
- Spanish: alambre, hilo
- German: Draht, Ader
- Italian: filo elettrico, cavo, cavo elettrico
- Portuguese: fio
- Russian: про́вод
- Spanish: cable
- Italian: filo spinato
wire (wires, present participle wiring; past and past participle wired)
- To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing.
- We need to wire that hole in the fence.
- 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 222:
- I could see him in his plane flying low over the river or a reservoir, dropping the club out with a chunk of lead wired to the shaft.
- To string on a wire.
- wire beads
- To equip with wires for use with electricity.
- To add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something.
- I'll just wire your camera to the computer screen.
- To send a message or monetary funds to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominantly by telegraph.
- Urgent: please wire me another 100 pounds sterling.
- The detective wired ahead, hoping that the fugitive would be caught at the railway station.
- To make someone tense or psyched up.
- I'm never going to sleep: I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
- (slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.
- We wired the suspect's house.
- To snare by means of a wire or wires.
- (transitive, croquet) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.
- (equip for use with electricity) electrify
- (informal: send a message or funds by telecommunications) cable, telegraph
- (to fasten with wire) unwire
- Italian: assicurare con filo metallico, fissare con filo metallico, legare con filo metallico
- Italian: infilzare
- Italian: stendere fili elettrici, installare impianto elettrico, elettrificare
- Italian: collegare tramite cavo
- Italian: installare microspie