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

n 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
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
coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle
Type of:
any connection or unifying bond

n a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

conducting wire
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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
wire connecting an antenna to a receiver or a transmitter to a transmission line
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
Type of:
a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.

n the finishing line on a racetrack

Type of:
finish line, finishing line
a line indicating the location of the finish of a race

n a message transmitted by telegraph

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
Type of:
a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

v string on a wire

wire beads”
Type of:
draw, string, thread
thread on or as if on a string

v fasten with wire

“The columns were wired to the beams for support”
undo the wiring of
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v provide with electrical circuits

wire the addition to the house”
provide with new wiring
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

v equip for use with electricity

Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

v send cables, wires, or telegrams

cable, telegraph
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communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail

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