wire

wire
I UK [ˈwaɪə(r)] / US [waɪr] noun
Word forms "wire":
singular wire plural wires
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1)
a) [countable/uncountable] a long thin piece of metal like a thread

The sticks were tied in bundles with wire.

a piece/bit/length of wire

copper/steel/gold wire

a coil/roll of wire

b) [only before noun] made from wire

a wire coat-hanger

a wire fence/cage

wire netting/mesh/fencing

2) [countable/uncountable] a long thin piece of metal that carries electricity or telephone signals

telephone wires

3) [countable] mainly American informal a piece of electronic equipment that someone wears under their clothes to allow other people to hear their conversations secretly
4) [countable] American informal a telegram

to go (right) down to the wireinformal to only be decided or become clear at the last possible moment

Talks went down to the wire, with agreement being reached at the very last minute.


II UK [ˈwaɪə(r)] / US [waɪr] verb [transitive]
Word forms "wire":
present tense I/you/we/they wire he/she/it wires present participle wiring past tense wired past participle wired
1) wire or wire up to connect a piece of electrical equipment to something, or to connect the wires inside a piece of equipment

The kids are taught how to wire a plug.

The patients are wired up to various machines for tests.

2) to join things together using wire

Doctors will wire the sections of broken bone together.

3)
a) to send money directly from one bank to another using an electronic system
b) to send a telegram to someone
4) to hide a piece of equipment somewhere that allows conversations to be heard secretly

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