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un·der·wire

 (ŭn′dər-wīr′)
n.
1. A semicircular wire support sewn into the underside of each cup of a brassiere.
2. A brassiere with such a wire support.

underwire

(ˈʌndəˌwaɪə)
n
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.
vb
(tr) to support with wire underneath

un•der•wire

(ˈʌn dərˌwaɪər)

n.
1. a wire sewn into the underside of each cup of a brassiere, used for support and shape.
2. a brassiere with such wires.
[1975–80]
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