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n., adj., v. wired, wir•ing. n.
- muselet - The wire that holds a champagne cork in place.
- reinforced concrete - Has wire or metal bars embedded to increase its tensile strength.
- down to the wire - Alludes to the imaginary wire at the finish line in a horse race.
- under the wire - Meaning "just in time," it is from horse racing, in which the wire marks the finish line.
A wire is a long, thin piece of metal used for fastening things, or for carrying electricity or electrical signals.
In American English, a wire is also a message sent by telegraph and then printed and delivered to your house or office.
In British English, a message like this is usually called a telegram.
Past participle: wired
|Noun||1.||wire - ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc|
baling wire - wire used to make bales
haywire - wire for tying up bales of hay
ligament - any connection or unifying bond
piano wire - thin steel wire of high tensile strength
trip wire - a wire stretched close to the ground that activates something (a trap or camera or weapon) when tripped over
|2.||wire - a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance|
conductor - a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
filament - a thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current
booster cable, jumper cable, jumper lead, lead - a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
lead-in - wire connecting an antenna to a receiver or a transmitter to a transmission line
patchcord - a length of wire that has a plug at each end; used to make connections at a patchboard
|3.||wire - the finishing line on a racetrack|
|4.||wire - a message transmitted by telegraph |
message - a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled; "he sent a three-word message"
letter telegram - a cheaper form of telegram that is sent abroad for delivery the next day
night letter - a cheaper form of telegram sent for delivery the next day
|Verb||1.||wire - provide with electrical circuits; "wire the addition to the house"|
equip, fit out, outfit, fit - provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"
rewire - provide with new wiring; "the university rewired the dormitories when most students brought computers and television sets"
|2.||wire - send cables, wires, or telegrams|
telegraphy - communicating at a distance by electric transmission over wire
telecommunicate - communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
|3.||wire - fasten with wire; "The columns were wired to the beams for support"|
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
unwire - undo the wiring of
|4.||wire - string on a wire; "wire beads"|
|5.||wire - equip for use with electricity; "electrify an appliance"|
copper wire → hilo m de cobre
the telephone wire → el cable del teléfono
to get one's wires crossed → tener un malentendido
to pull wires (US) → tocar resortes
he can pull wires (US) → tiene enchufes, tiene buenas agarraderas (Chile)
it's wired (up) for sound → tiene la instalación eléctrica para el sonido
it's all wired (up) for cable television → se ha completado la instalación eléctrica para la televisión por cable
to be wired up (US) (= tense) → estar tenso
to wire money to sb → enviar un giro telegráfico a algn
to wire information to sb → enviar información a algn por telegrama
wire cutters NPL → cortaalambres m inv, cizalla fsing
wire fence N → alambrado m
wire mesh, wire netting N → tela f metálica, malla f metálica
wire service N (esp US) → agencia f de noticias
wire wool N → lana f de alambre
see wire B1
a length of wire → un morceau de fil de fer
fine copper wire → du fil de cuivre fin
to take it to the wire → aller jusqu'au bout
to take sth to the wire → aller jusqu'au bout de qch
to wire a room for sound → installare un impianto di sonorizzazione in una stanza