• A Swallow's Nest on the Crank of a Bell-wire
    A Swallow's Nest on the Crank of a Bell-wire
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wired tied or bound with wire "wired bundles of newspapers"
    • adj wired tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline "we were really pumped up for the race","he was so pumped he couldn't sleep"
    • adj wired equipped with wire or wires especially for electric or telephone service "a well-wired house"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Screw- and Wire-Gages. a. Screw-Gage. b. Wire-Gage. c. Twist-Drill-Gage Screw- and Wire-Gages. a. Screw-Gage. b. Wire-Gage. c. Twist-Drill-Gage
Birds on a wire Birds on a wire
Schematic three-wire electric light circuits Schematic three-wire electric light circuits
Lock wire binder Lock wire binder

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It requires 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky toy
    • wired In ornithology, having wires or wiry feathers: chiefly in composition: as, the twelve- wired bird of paradise. Compare wire-tailed, and see wire, verb,6, and cuts under Seleuoides, thread-tailed, Trochilidæ, and Videstrelda.
    • wired In croquet, protected or obstructed by an intervening wire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An ounce of gold can be beaten up into a sheet covering 9.3 sq. meters, or drawn into 80.5 kms(50 miles) of wire.
    • adj Wired having wiry feathers
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  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.”


Down to the wire - (USA) If something goes down to the wire, like a competition, then it goes to the very last moment before it is clear who has won.
Get your wires crossed - If people get their wires cross, they misunderstand each other, especially when making arrangements. ('Get your lines crossed' is also used.)
Go to the wire - If someone goes to the wire, they risk their life, job, reputation, etc, to help someone.
High-wire act - A high-wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc.
Hold the wire - If you ask someone on the telephone to hold the wire, you want them to wait and not hang up.
Live wire - A person who is very active, both mentally and physically, is a live wire.
Under the wire - (USA) If a person does something under the wire, they do it at the last possible moment.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wír; Ice. vírr; perh. conn. with L. viriæ, bracelets.


In literature:

There was no wire on the enemy's side of our position, though there was a perfect labyrinth of very heavy wire behind us.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
In many places at once the enemy's wire was bombarded to shreds.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
The following night, the whole Battalion was ordered to wire as hard as possible, and hundreds of reels of barbed wire were put out.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Wire nails are made from drawn steel wire, and are pointed, headed, and roughened by machinery.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
I did not make a sound, and unnoticed I came directly up to the wire entanglements.
"Fighting in France" by Ross Kay
At dawn of day, the 11th of November, Harding again sent the electric current along the wire and received no reply.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
If they are held true by bracing wires, then such wires must be carefully adjusted.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
No flagpoles rose aloft, up which antennas wires could be hoisted in the guise of halyards.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Also, there was a wire company of the Signal Corps, which was going to join another American unit.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
For one thing, the weather kite is flown with wire and an especially strong kind of wire at that.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
No signal corps men and no telling where the wires needed repair.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
Why are you not at your wire, trying to stop the other train?
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
I'll ride over to Portfront this very day and send a wire to him.
"The Pagan's Cup" by Fergus Hume
When the initial stress is produced by tightly wound wire, a similar gain of strength accrues.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
The barracks of the Crefeld Hussars, now wired in and used as a prison camp, are large and strongly built.
"13 Days" by John Alan Lyde Caunter
Wire him, my dear, wire him not to delay, but to come along at once.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
One wire is seldom thought enough.
"The Gamekeeper At Home" by Richard Jefferies
It is formed of a small piece of wire twisted round so as to fit upon the other wire.
"Knowledge is Power:" by Charles Knight
Since any one station has to send as well as receive, it is usual to make one and the same aerial wire or wires do double duty.
"Hertzian Wave Wireless Telegraphy" by John Ambrose Fleming

In poetry:

Your hand is on my breast. Let go!
We are like two live wires.
If we aren't careful, we'll be thrown
Together unawares.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak
The name Jecholiah means
The Lord is Mighty.
And yet their frowning God
gazed over the barbed wire
and did not move a finger —
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
When like a full, but distant choir
The swelling sound return'd
And with the soft and trembling wire,
The sighing echoes mourn'd
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
New hands the wires of song may sweep,
New voices challenge fame;
But let no moss of years o'ercreep
The lines of Halleck's name.
"Fitz-Greene Halleck" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And, henceforth, there shall be no chain,
Save underneath the sea
The wires shall murmur through the main
Sweet songs of LIBERTY.
"Ode" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
On silver necklaces they strung
The light of stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, from twisted wire
The melody of harps they wrung.
"Over The Misty Mountains Cold" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

Wire stolen from middle school athletic field lights.
Catch Kidd Leow in the mix every Saturday on 93.3 FLZ for Wired Radio at Shephard's on Clearwater Beach.
Wire reports Friday, January 18, 2008.
Simon Kneen is thinking about wires.
'Irish Mickey' Doyle wins ' barbed wire death match'.
Isaac Ellwood, Illinois king of the barbed wire .
If The Wire Is Wrong, Why Is Baltimore's Paper So Bad.
Pratt goes wire-to-wire to win Northern Open on James River .
Drivers go wire to wire in 1,200cc and 600cc A-Main finals on last day of.
Wishful Tomcat Wire-To-Wire in Discovery.
Pitino experiments in wire-to-wire rout.
Announced that it will relocate its Carpenter Specialty Wire Products (CSWP) business from Orangeburg, S.C. To an advanced precision wire manufacturing facility in Wauseon, Ohio.
Wires, wires, wires KLYQ in Hamilton gets its satellite programming through our main Townsquare Media facility in Missoula.
A random wire is exactly that—a piece of wire that's as long as you can possibly make it.

In science:

Bottom boxes host the histograms of a single wire of the corresponding wire plane.
A prototype liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber for the study of UV laser multi-photonic ionization
All reconstructed hits have two degrees of freedom: the drift coordinate (common to both wire planes) and the wire number (specific to the plane).
A prototype liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber for the study of UV laser multi-photonic ionization
This completes the description of the overall scheme according to which a PQCA that is capable of implementing wires and gates is also capable of intrinsically simulating any PQCA, and hence any QCA. A particular PQCA that supports these wires and gates can now be constructed.
Intrinsically universal n-dimensional quantum cellular automata
Here ˆΦ is the Hamiltonian matrix of the disordered wire and ˆG is the full Green’s function of the wire coupled with the baths.
Thermoelectric phenomena in disordered open quantum systems
This is the time which the ionization electron generated closest to the wire needs to drift to the wire.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
When a signal is induced on a wire the charge generated will be divided between the two connected wires.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
A test of charge division by connecting neighboring wires has been conducted and shows that position resolution of about 10 cm can be achieved along the direction of the wire.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
Wires connect these symbols, corresponding to tensor contractions. A diagram is a collection of such boxes and wires and corresponds to an element of an abstract element in a tensor product space.
Towards a state minimizing the output entropy of a tensor product of random quantum channels
They placed a solidstate ensemble of spins on the SC wire at an antinode of the standing wave of the current on the SC wire, where the resonator’s magnetic field has a maximum, as shown in Fig. 12(c).
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Parametric simulations of a driven two-cell wire for different tunnelling rates. two-cell wire being simulated. (b) Polarization of Cell 1 as a function of the driver cell polarization, calculated using the ICHA.
Consequences of Many-cell Correlations in Treating Clocked Quantum-dot Cellular Automata Circuits
The charge current flows from one of two Ni0.81Fe0.19 (hereafter Py) wires, i.e., Py1 to the left hand side of the Cu wire.
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
The spin current is preferentially absorbed into the NiPd middle wire below the Cu wire because of its strong SO interaction.
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
In order to form the NiPd alloy wire with a Ni content of 7%, 8% and 9%, we implanted a suitable amount of Ni+ into the Pd wire using an Ion Implanter (NH-20SR) with an acceleration voltage of 30 kV.
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
Nevertheless near the thickening of the wire (18) some sort of compulsory localization takes place and the eigen-functions are localized due to the ”geometry” of band (wire).
Statistics of random quasi 1D Hamiltonian with slowly varying parameters. Painlev\'{e} again.
Moreover, while the numerical coefficients are specific for a wire geometry, the β -dependence is the same in wires, thin films and bulk samples.
Random-Matrix Theory of Quantum Transport