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Definition of "wire" []

  • A usually pliable metallic strand or rod made in many lengths and diameters, sometimes clad and often electrically insulated, used chiefly for structural support or to conduct electricity. (noun)
  • A group of wire strands bundled or twisted together as a functional unit; cable. (noun)
  • Something resembling a wire, as in slenderness or stiffness. (noun)
  • An open telephone connection. (noun)
  • Slang A hidden microphone, as on a person's body or in a building. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wire" in a sentence
  • "Let us put this in ordinary phrase, and say that in a wire through which a current is passing there is a magnetic attraction, and that the "pull" is always _straight toward the wire_."
  • "Mr. MILLS: The first 10 or 15 tiers we just laid in a circle and then as we got up above that, we started using what we call wire ties to tie them together."
  • "When you hear the word wire, your mind probably wanders to jewelry, baskets or the latest in technology."