Meaning of WIRE in English

I. ˈwī(-ə)r noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wīr; akin to Old High German wiara fine gold work, Latin viēre to plait, and probably to Greek iris rainbow

Date: before 12th century


a. : metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod

b. : a thread or rod of such material


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


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


a. : the finish line of a race

b. : the final decisive moment (as of a contest)

the negotiations came down to the wire

8. : wirehair

• wire·like -ˌlīk adjective

- under the wire

- wire to wire

II. verb

( wired ; wir·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to provide with wire : use wire on for a specific purpose

2. : to send or send word to by telegraph

3. : to connect by or as if by a wire

4. : to predispose, determine, or establish genetically or innately

controversy over the extent to which human violence is wired biologically

intransitive verb

: to send a telegraphic message

• wir·er ˈwī(-ə)r-ər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.