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Wire

Wire appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux. (97 letters)
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Wire appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • No wire papayas I raffle stipulate metal – plate metal! – up itself far", I say, "a paper I won."
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The word WIRE can be typed using only the top row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun wire:

telegramwire

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wire:

cableelectrifywire

Wire is sometimes a misspelling of write.

The word wire is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun wire

What does wire mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wires

  1. ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: ligament = any connection or unifying bond
    • more specific terms:
      • baling wire = wire used to make bales
      • barbed wire / barbwire = strong wire with barbs at regular intervals used to prevent passage
      • haywire = wire for tying up bales of hay
      • 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. a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
  3. the finishing line on a racetrack
  4. a message transmitted by telegraph

Alternative definition of the noun wire

noun

  1. [uncountable] Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
  2. A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable
  3. A metal conductor that carries electricity.
  4. A fence made of usually barbed wire.
  5. [sports] A finish line of a racetrack.
  6. [informal] A telecommunication wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; a telegram
  7. [slang] A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
  8. [informal] A deadline or critical endpoint.
  9. [billiards] A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.

Specialised definition of the noun wire

Glossary of sports

the part of the hoop above the ground (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / croquet

a strategy used to ensure the hoop is placed between a striker's ball and the next shot to impede progress. Similar to the use of a snooker in that game (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / dog racing

the finishing line in a race (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb wire

What does wire mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: wired | wiring | wires

  1. provide with electrical circuits
    • example: wire the addition to the house
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic terms: equip / fit / fit out / outfit = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
    • more specific word: rewire = provide with new wiring
  2. send cables, wires, or telegrams
    • examples: They wire them the information | They wire the information to them
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Heather cabled SaraVerbs of Communication: broadcast, cable, e-mail, fax, modem, netmail, phone, radio, relay, satellite, semaphore, sign, signal, telecast, telegraph, telephone, telex, wireless
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic]Ellen told Helen a story | Ellen told me, 'Leave the room.' | Heather cabled Sara the news
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic]Ellen told Helen about the situation | Heather cabled Sara about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen told a story to Helen | Heather cabled the news to Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, for-complement clause]Heather cabled for Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic]Heather cabled to Sara, 'Come immediately.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled to Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the bookVerbs of Sending: airmail, express, forward, hand, mail, pass, send, ship, slip, smuggle, sneak, transmit
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London
    • domain: telegraphy
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of wire: cable / telegraph
    • more generic word: telecommunicate = communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
  3. fasten with wire
  4. string on a wire
    • example: wire beads
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: draw / string / thread = thread on or as if on a string
  5. equip for use with electricity
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of wire: electrify
    • more generic words: accommodate / adapt = make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

Alternative definition of the verb wire

verb

  1. To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing.
  2. To string on a wire.
  3. To equip with wires for use with electricity.
  4. To add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something.
  5. [informal] To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominately by telegraph.
  6. To make someone tense or psyched-up.
  7. [slang] To install eavesdropping equipment.

Specialised definition of the verb wire

Glossary of sports / darts

to bounce a dart off a wire

Group

Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Bruce Gilbert, and Robert Gotobed. They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album—a key early document of the scene—and were later central to the development of post-punk.

  • also known as Wir
  • members:
  • genres: Post-punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Experimental rock, Art punk, Electronic music, Industrial music
  • albums: "The First Letter", "So and Slow It Grows", "Vien", "Silk Skin Paws", "Behind the Curtain: Early Versions 1977 & 78", "Turns and Strokes", "Coatings", "In Vivo", "1985–1990: The A List", "Pink Flag", "Ahead", "Life in the Manscape", "154", "Read & Burn 01", "Read & Burn 02", "The Ideal Copy", "Ambitious (Middlesex Gorge)", "On Returning (1977–1979)", "Chairs Missing", "A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck", "The Scottish Play: 2004", "Manscape", "It’s Beginning to and Back Again", "Kidney Bingos", "Wire on the Box: 1979", "The Peel Sessions", "Read & Burn 03", "PF456REDUX", "The Third Day", "Send", "Snakedrill", "Document and Eyewitness", "Dot Dash", "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W", "The Drill", "Object 47", "Red Barked Tree", "A Question of Degree", "Mannequin", "Live at The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live at CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978", "Eardrum Buzz", "Our Swimmer", "Outdoor Miner", "Crazy About Love", "Wire Play Pop", "Change Becomes Us", "In the Pink", "The Black Session: Paris, 10 May 2011", "Legal Bootleg Series: 14 Sept 2002 Metro, Chicago", "Behind the Curtain"
  • official website: www.pinkflag.com

Music

  1. "Wire" is the seventh album by Christian rock band Third Day. It breaks from the style of the band's previous albums to return to simple, rock and roll-driven melodies. To quote Allmusic's review of the album, "Third Day has stripped away the shine and gotten back to the grittiness of being a rock & roll band." The album is largely carried by the energetic guitar riffs that pervade its songs, although the forceful lyrics also contribute significantly.
  2. "Wire" is a musical album of Wire.
    • released on
  3. "Wire" is a musical single of Alessi's Ark.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Wire" is a musical album of The Mercy Cage.
    • released in (16 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Wire: A wire is a single, usually cylindrical, flexible strand or rod of metal. Wires are used to bear mechanical loads or electricity and telecommunications signals. Wire is commonly formed by drawing the metal through a hole in a die or draw plate. Wire gauges come in various standard sizes, as expressed in terms of a gauge number. The term wire is also used more loosely to refer to a bundle of such strands, as in 'multistranded wire', which is more correctly termed a wire rope in mechanics, or a cable in electricity.
    • also known as 缆线, 電纜
  2. wire a.k.a. Knitting needle: A knitting needle or knitting pin is a tool in hand-knitting to produce knitted fabrics. They generally have a long shaft and taper at their end, but they are not nearly as sharp as sewing needles. Their purpose is two-fold. The long shaft holds the active stitches of the fabric, to prevent them from unravelling, whereas the tapered ends are used to form new stitches. Most commonly, a new stitch is formed by inserting the tapered end through an active stitch, catching a loop of fresh yarn and drawing it through the stitch; this secures the initial stitch and forms a new active stitch in its place. In specialized forms of knitting the needle may be passed between active stitches being held on another needle, or indeed between/through inactive stitches that have been knit previously.
  3. WIRE is a radio station broadcasting an Adult CHR format.
  4. Wire a.k.a. WAS/WASL interacting protein family, member 2 is a gene.
    • also known as WASP-binding protein, WIRE protein

Phrases with Wire

Phrases starting with the word Wire:

  1. Wire fu
  2. wire gage
  3. Wire rope
  4. wire wool
  5. Wire brush
  6. wire cloth
  7. Wire Fraud
  8. wire gauge

Phrases ending with the word Wire:

  1. guy wire
  2. Guy-wire
  3. hot-wire
  4. Zip-Wire
  5. Hard-Wire
  6. high wire
  7. live wire
  8. Page Wire
  9. trip wire
  10. cross wire
  11. piano wire
  12. Razor Wire

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wire

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Google previewWIRE RIDER (2014)

by Truman Rock

Wire is a Western in the sense that it takes place in the West and it involves a ranch foreman at a time when cowboying was ending, trail herding was giving way to railroad stock cars and stockyards opening in Chicago and New York. Wire is a ...

Google previewSilversmithing (1997)

by Rupert Finegold, William Seitz

Curving flat wire is an adaptation suitable to many different situations.

Google previewThe Wire and America's Dark Corners (2015)

Critical Essays by Arin Keeble, Ivan Stacy

The Wire is an extremely dense and complex piece of storytelling, with a strong air of verisimilitude.

Google previewRadiology Sourcebook (2002)

A Practical Guide for Reference and Training by Douglas P. Beall

The following appliances represent common thrombolytic delivery devices: – Katzen Infusion Wire is a multi-sidehole...

—Cragg Convertible Wire is an open- ended injectable guidewire system for coaxial thrombolysis and is available in 145 ...

Google previewAmerican Machinists' Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms (1914)

A Reference Book of Machine Shop and Drawing Room Data, Methods and Definitions by Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley

WIRE GAGES AND STOCK WEIGHTS TWIST DRILL AND STEEL WIRE GAGE SIZES The Twist Drill and Steel Wire Gage is used for measuring the sizes of twist drills and steel drill rods. Rod sizes by this gage should not be confused with ...

Google previewPennsylvania Biographical Dictionary (1999)

by Jan Onofrio

Roebling conceived the idea of substituting for these hempen cables ropes of twisted wire which would give far greater strength and longer life, with the added advantage of smaller diameter and consequently greater ease in handling.

Google previewA Dictionary of Applied Physics (1922)

by Richard Glazebrook

The variable rheostat is adjusted to bring the contact maker to one end of the bridge wire ; to effect this it will generally be necessary to withdraw a plug from the box. The bridge is balanced in the usual manner. The calibrator coil ( connected to ...

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Quotes about Wire

This fence is a token of you.
A line dividing everything,
In two, by you.
A line of wood, to gaze over.
A wire to watch through.
Barbed wire pushing us apart,
This fence is a token of you.
Separating the past, the future.

© 2012 (Nick Strong)
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Scrabble value of W4I1R1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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