• 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
    • v wire equip for use with electricity "electrify an appliance"
    • v wire send cables, wires, or telegrams
    • v wire fasten with wire "The columns were wired to the beams for support"
    • v wire string on a wire "wire beads"
    • v wire provide with electrical circuits "wire the addition to the house"
    • n wire ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
    • n wire a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
    • n wire a message transmitted by telegraph
    • n wire the finishing line on a racetrack
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1876, Maria Spelterina was the first woman to ever cross Niagara Falls on a high wire
    • Wire A knitting needle.
    • Wire A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire .
    • Wire A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.
    • Wire A wire stretching across over a race track at the judges' stand, to mark the line at which the races end.
    • Wire One who picks women's pockets.
    • Wire (Chiefly Political Slang) The system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show;
    • Wire To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors.
    • Wire to equip with a system of wiring, especially for supply of electrical power or communication; as, to wire an office for networking the computers; to wire a building with 220-Volt current.
    • Wire to equip with an electronic system for eavesdropping; to bug; as, to wire the office of a mob boss; to wire an informant so as to record his conversations.
    • Wire To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream.
    • Wire (Croquet) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.
    • Wire To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads.
    • Wire To send (a message) by telegraph.
    • Wire To send a telegraphic message.
    • Wire To snare by means of a wire or wires.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It requires 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky toy
    • n wire In paper-making, a general term for the woven brass wire-cloth used in a Fourdrinier or paper-making machine.
    • n wire By derivation from this, an annealed wire of size and weight suitable for weaving into nettings, wire-cloth, and the like.
    • n wire An extremely elongated body of elastic material; specifically, a slender bar of metal, commonly circular in section, from the size which can be bent by the hand with some difficulty down to a fine thread. Wire was originally made by hammering, a sort of groove in the anvil serving to determine the size. It is now drawn by powerful machinery, and passed through a series of holes constantly diminishing in size. Wire of square section, flat like a tape, etc., is also made.
    • n wire A twisted thread; a filament.
    • n wire A quantity of wire used for various purposes, especially in electric transmission, as in case of the telephone, the telegraph, electric lighting, etc.; specifically, a telegraph-wire, and hence (colloquially) the telegraph system itself: as, to send orders by wire.
    • n wire A metallic string of a musical instrument; hence, poetically, the instrument itself.
    • n wire The lash; the scourge: alluding to the use of metallic whips.
    • n wire In ornithology, one of the extremely long, slender, wire-like filaments or shafts of the plumage of various birds. See wired, wire-tailed, and cut under Videstrdda.
    • n wire plural Figuratively, that by which any organization or body of persons is controlled and directed: now used chiefly in political slang. See wire-pulling.
    • n wire A pickpocket with long fingers, expert at picking women's pockets.
    • n wire A fiber of cobweb, a fine platinum wire, or a line upon glass, fixed in the focus of a telescope, to aid in comparing the positions of objects.
    • wire Made of wire; consisting of or fitted with wires: as, a wire sieve; a wire bird-cage.
    • wire In electricity, a kind of Wheatstone bridge in which two adjacent resistances are formed by a wire which can be divided in any ratio by means of a sliding contact and a graduated scale.
    • wire To bind, fit, or otherwise provide with wire; put wire in, on, around, through, etc.: as, to wire corks in bottling liquors; to wire beads; to wire a fence; to wire a bird-skin, as in taxidermy; to wire a house for electric lighting.
    • wire To snare by means of a wire: as, to wire a bird.
    • wire To send through a telegraphic wire; send by telegraph, as a message; telegraph: as, wire a reply.
    • wire To be wound or bound about like wire; encircle.
    • wire In surgery, to maintain the ends of (a fractured bone) in close apposition by means of wire passed through holes drilled in the bone.
    • wire To flow in currents as thin as wire.
    • wire To communicate by means of a telegraphic wire; telegraph.
    • n wire A corruption of weir.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.
    • n Wire wīr a thread of metal: the metal thread used in telegraphy, &c.: the string of an instrument: the slender shaft of the plumage of certain birds: a telegram: :
    • adj Wire formed of wire
    • v.t Wire to bind, snare, or supply with wire: to keep the ends of a broken bone together with wire: to send by telegraph
    • v.i Wire to telegraph
    • n Wire wīr (slang) a clever pickpocket
    • n Wire wīr (Shak.) the lash, scourge
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wir, AS. wir,; akin to Icel. vīrr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire,; cf. OHG. wiara, fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy,. √141
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wír; Ice. vírr; perh. conn. with L. viriæ, bracelets.


In literature:

The outlet wire (E) should then be connected up with the other sides of the sockets by the short wires (F).
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
These are six in number usually, body wire, tail wire and one for each leg.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
I can call you on the wire that goes from the house down to your quarters.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
Bring the pointed wires of this card down on the wool and drag it lightly through the wires of the other card.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Three skeins of white wire.
"The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling" by Emma Peachey
The German trenches were not at first at all close to ours; and both their wire and ours was thick and solid.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
When I told him you'd wired you were coming he was tremendously pleased.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
The lads noticed that it had neither air-tube nor telephone wire.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
A mounted scout should always have wire cutters when operating in a country where there are wire fences.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Those that appear to proceed from the positive wire, are the result of the decomposition of the water by that wire.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet

In poetry:

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
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
"Nor even match, though keen and strong,
And all aglow with swiftest fire,
That silent speed which hurls along
The far word lightnings of the wire.
"The Gods And The Winds" by Alexander Anderson
In vain ­ in vain! Thou canst not rise:
Thy prison roof confines thee there;
Its slender wires delude thine eyes,
And quench thy longings with despair.
"The Captive Dove" by Anne Bronte
The snow fell on either side, and the wire
Moan'd, as if harping on some desire,
While above, as the furnace threw up its light,
Was a whirling cover of black and white.
"Jim Dalley" by Alexander Anderson
I sometimes think my wild and strange desires,
And longings after something yet unknown,
Are currents passing on those hidden wires
To lead me on and upward to that throne.
"The Intellectual Telegraph" by David John Scott

In news:

Immigration not solved by barbed wire, guns.
A global look, from barbed wire to books.
Of barbed wire mostly by hand.
This anchors some beads in place but allows others to playfully slide along the wire.
IN EFFECT UNTIL NOV 12, 12:00 p.m. Staff and wire reports.
Are you often tired during the day, then wired at night when it's time to go to sleep.
From staff and wire reports For The Register-Herald.
Wiring for our beer can mic.
Down to the wire, isn't it.
West scores 14, Condon adds 13 in wire-to-wire win for 'Stangs.
On the rear of the TPMC-8X-DSW, a 10/100 Ethernet port provides for direct connection to a wired LAN, allowing fully wired operation of the touchpanel while docked .
Wires and blocks stuffed into an 18-inch structured wiring panel.
Bare wires - 'make her mine' www.bare-wires.com.
KaDarrin Ramsey had 12 points and nine rebounds for LaFayette in the wire-to-wire win.
Prev Sucp 1108 Custom Plug Wires Build Get Wired 018.

In science:

The differential equation involving this operator describes the evolution of the distribution of the set of eigenvalues of the transfer matrix of a quantum wire with an increasing length of the wire.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
What is needed at this point to complete the transfer matrix description of the quantum wire, is the explicit expression for the probability distribution of the {λi} as a function of an external parameter, the length L of the the quantum wire.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We hereafter focus on the Drude weight Dw of wire w(= ±), which describes the electronic transport within the wire +(−) in the presence of the neighboring wire −(+).
Electron transport in parallel quantum wires with random potentials
The differential equation for quantum wires called the DMPK equation describes the evolution with increasing wire length of the joint probability distribution of a set of parameters simply related to the transmission eigenvalues.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Two single-channel quantum wires are connected to the scatterer such that electrons can move in the wires and tunnel through the scatterer.
Electron localization in linear chains of identical loop scatterers