Meaning of WIRE in English


Pronunciation: ' w ī (- ə )r

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English w ī r; akin to Old High German wiara fine gold work, Latin vi ē re to plait, and probably to Greek iris rainbow

Date: before 12th century

1 a : metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod b : a thread or rod of such material

2 a : WIREWORK b : the meshwork of parallel or woven wire on which the wet web of paper forms

3 : something (as a thin plant stem) that is wirelike

4 plural a : a system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show b : hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization

5 a : a line of wire for conducting electric current ― compare CORD 3b b : a telephone or telegraph wire or system especially : WIRE SERVICE c : TELEGRAM , CABLEGRAM

6 : fencing or a fence of usually barbed wire

7 a : the finish line of a race b : the final decisive moment (as of a contest) <the negotiations came down to the wire >


– wire · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

– under the wire

1 : at the finish line

2 : at the last moment

– wire to wire or from wire to wire : from start to finish <led the race wire to wire >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.