Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- wiredraw To draw (metal) out into wire; especially, to form into wire, as a metal, by forcibly prilling through a series of holes gradually decreasing in diameter.
- wiredraw To draw out to greater length; extend in quantity or time; stretch, especially to excess; prolong; protract.
- wiredraw To draw out into excessive tenuity or subtlety, as a thought, argument, or discourse; spin out, especially by useless refinements, hair-splitting, or the like; render prolix at the expense of force and clearness.
- wiredraw To stretch or strain unwarrantably; wrest; pervert; distort.
- wiredraw To beguile; cheat.
- wiredraw In the steam-engine, to draw off (steam) by one or more small apertures, materially reducing its pressure after the passage.
- wiredraw To follow the profession, practice, or methods of a wiredrawer; especially, to use unwarrantable methods; pervert; cheat.