wire

A thin piece of metal that you can bend is a wire. Wire is used for carrying phone signals and electricity, and also to make Slinky toys and abstract sculptures. If you wear braces, you might even have wire in your mouth.

Most wire is a tubular strand of metal, like the wire in jewelry or in the fence around your chicken coop. There's also braided wire coated in protective plastic to make cables for connecting electronic equipment or transmitting signals. In the old days, you might've sent a wire, or telegram, to a friend. And if you wear a wire, that's a secret recording device. As a verb, wire originally meant "adorn with gold wire." Today it means "install wires" like when you wire a new house for electricity.

Definitions of wire
  1. noun
    ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
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    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
    concertina
    coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle
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    ligament
    any connection or unifying bond
  2. noun
    a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
    synonyms: conducting wire
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    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
    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
    telegraph line, telegraph wire, telephone line, telephone wire
    the wire that carries telegraph and telephone signals
    clip lead
    a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends
    phone cord, telephone cord
    the telephone wire that connects to the handset
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    conductor
    a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
  3. noun
    the finishing line on a racetrack
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    finish line, finishing line
    a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
  4. noun
    a message transmitted by telegraph
    synonyms: telegram
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    cable, cablegram, overseas telegram
    a telegram sent abroad
    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
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    message
    a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
  5. verb
    string on a wire
    wire beads”
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    draw, string, thread
    thread on or as if on a string
  6. verb
    fasten with wire
    “The columns were wired to the beams for support”
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    unwire
    undo the wiring of
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  7. verb
    provide with electrical circuits
    wire the addition to the house”
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    rewire
    provide with new wiring
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    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  8. verb
    equip for use with electricity
    synonyms: electrify
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    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  9. verb
    send cables, wires, or telegrams
    synonyms: cable, telegraph
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    telecommunicate
    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
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