Meaning of WIRE in English

WIRE

■ noun

1》 metal drawn out into a thin flexible thread or rod.

↘a length or quantity of ~ used for fencing, to carry an electric current, etc.

↘(usu. the ~ ) N. Amer. Horse Racing a ~ stretched across and above the start and finish of a racecourse.

2》 a concealed electronic listening device.

3》 informal, chiefly N. Amer. a telegram or cablegram.

■ verb

1》 install electric circuits or ~s in.

2》 provide, fasten, or reinforce with ~.

3》 informal, chiefly N. Amer. send a telegram or cablegram to.

↘send (money) to (someone) by such means.

4》 snare with ~.

5》 Croquet obstruct (a ball, shot, or player) by a hoop.

Phrases

by ~ by telegraph.

down to the ~ informal until the very last minute.

under the ~ N. Amer. informal just in time.

~-to-~ N. Amer. informal from start to finish.

Derivatives

~r noun

Origin

OE wīr ; of Gmc origin, prob. from the base of L. viere 'plait, weave'.

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