Meaning of WIRE in English


(~s, wiring, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A ~ is a long thin piece of metal that is used to fasten things or to carry electric current.

...fine copper ~.

...gadgets which detect electrical ~s, pipes and timbers in walls.



A ~ is a cable which carries power or signals from one place to another.

I ripped out the telephone ~ that ran through to his office.

...the voltage of the overhead ~s.

= cable

N-COUNT: usu supp N


If you ~ something such as a building or piece of equipment, you put ~s inside it so that electricity or signals can pass into or through it.

...learning to ~ and plumb the house herself...

Each of the homes has a security system and is ~d for cable television.

...a badly ~d appliance.

VERB: V n, be V-ed for n, V-ed

Wire up means the same as ~ .

He was helping ~ up the Channel Tunnel last season...

Wire the thermometers up to trigger off an alarm bell if the temperature drops...

PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron), V n P


A ~ is the same as a telegram . (mainly AM)



If you ~ an amount of money to a person or place, you tell a bank to send it to the person or place using a telegram message. (mainly AM)

I’m wiring you some money...

They arranged to ~ the money from the United States...

VERB: V n n, V n prep


If something goes to the ~, it continues until the last possible moment. (mainly JOURNALISM)

Negotiators again worked right down to the ~ to reach an agreement.



see also barbed ~ , high ~ , hot-~ , live ~

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