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1. A semicircular wire support sewn into the underside of each cup of a brassiere.
2. A brassiere with such a wire support.
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1. (Clothing & Fashion)
a. the wire under the cup section in a bra
b. (as modifier): underwire bras.
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (as modifier): underwire bras.
(tr) to support with wire underneath
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(ˈʌn dərˌwaɪər)

1. a wire sewn into the underside of each cup of a brassiere, used for support and shape.
2. a brassiere with such wires.
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