see also: Wire
  • (British) IPA: /waɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR wīʹər, IPA: /ˈwaɪɚ/


  1. (uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
  2. A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable.
  3. A metal conductor that carries electricity.
  4. A fence made of usually barbed wire.
  5. (sports) A finish line of a racetrack.
  6. (informal) A telecommunication wire or cable
  7. (by extension) An electric telegraph; a telegram.
  8. (slang) A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
  9. (informal) A deadline or critical endpoint.
    This election is going to go right to the wire
  10. (billiards) A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.
  11. (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
  12. (archaic, thieves' slang) A pickpocket who targets women.
  13. (slang) A covert signal sent between people cheating in a card game.
  14. (Scotland) A knitting needle.
  15. The slender shaft of the plumage of certain birds.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: filo spinato
Translations Translations
  • Italian: cimice, microspia
  • Portuguese: escuta
  • Russian: жучо́к

wire (wires, present participle wiring; past and past participle wired)

  1. 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.
  2. To string on a wire.
    wire beads
  3. To equip with wires for use with electricity.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To make someone tense or psyched up.
    I'm never going to sleep: I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
  7. (slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.
    We wired the suspect's house.
  8. To snare by means of a wire or wires.
  9. (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
Antonyms Translations
  • Italian: assicurare con filo metallico, fissare con filo metallico, legare con filo metallico
Translations Translations
  • Italian: stendere fili elettrici, installare impianto elettrico, elettrificare
  • Italian: collegare tramite cavo
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: installare microspie

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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