Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Wire \Wire\ (w[imac]r), n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. v[=i]rr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. [root]14
] 1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.
Note: Wire is made of any desired form, as round, square, triangular, etc., by giving this shape to the hole in the drawplate, or between the rollers.
A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire. [Colloq.]
Chiefly in pl. The system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show; hence (Chiefly Political Slang), the network of hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization; as, to pull the wires for office; -- in this sense, synonymous with strings.
One who picks women's pockets. [Thieves' Slang]
A knitting needle. [Scot.]
A wire stretching across over a race track at the judges' stand, to mark the line at which the races end. [Racing Cant] Wire bed, Wire mattress, an elastic bed bottom or mattress made of wires interwoven or looped together in various ways. Wire bridge, a bridge suspended from wires, or cables made of wire. Wire cartridge, a shot cartridge having the shot inclosed in a wire cage. Wire cloth, a coarse cloth made of woven metallic wire, -- used for strainers, and for various other purposes. Wire edge, the thin, wirelike thread of metal sometimes formed on the edge of a tool by the stone in sharpening it. Wire fence, a fence consisting of posts with strained horizontal wires, wire netting, or other wirework, between. Wire gauge or Wire gage.
A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire, thickness of sheet metal, etc., often consisting of a metal plate with a series of notches of various widths in its edge.
A standard series of sizes arbitrarily indicated, as by numbers, to which the diameter of wire or the thickness of sheet metal in usually made, and which is used in describing the size or thickness. There are many different standards for wire gauges, as in different countries, or for different kinds of metal, the Birmingham wire gauges and the American wire gauge being often used and designated by the abbreviations B. W. G. and A. W. G. respectively.
Wire gauze, a texture of finely interwoven wire, resembling gauze.
Wire grass (Bot.), either of the two common grasses Eleusine Indica, valuable for hay and pasture, and Poa compressa, or blue grass. See Blue grass.
Wire grub (Zo["o]l.), a wireworm.
Wire iron, wire rods of iron.
Wire lathing, wire cloth or wire netting applied in the place of wooden lathing for holding plastering.
Wire mattress. See Wire bed, above.
Wire micrometer, a micrometer having spider lines, or fine wires, across the field of the instrument.
Wire nail, a nail formed of a piece of wire which is headed and pointed.
Wire netting, a texture of woven wire coarser than ordinary wire gauze.
Wire rod, a metal rod from which wire is formed by drawing.
Wire rope, a rope formed wholly, or in great part, of wires.
down to the wire, up to the last moment, as in a race or competition; as, the two front runners were neck-and-neck down to the wire. From wire.
under the wire, just in time; shortly before the deadline; as, to file an application just under the wire.
Wire \Wire\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wired; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiring.]
To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors.
To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads.
To snare by means of a wire or wires.
To send (a message) by telegraph. [Colloq.]
(Croquet) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.
to equip with a system of wiring, especially for supply of electrical power or communication; as, to wire an office for networking the computers; to wire a building with 220-Volt current.
to equip with an electronic system for eavesdropping; to bug; as, to wire the office of a mob boss; to wire an informant so as to record his conversations.
Wire \Wire\, v. i.
To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream. [R.]
To send a telegraphic message. [Colloq.]
Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album – a key early document of the scene – and were later central to the development of post-punk.
Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, "Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general."
Wire are a definitive art punk and post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound and often obscure lyrical themes. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977's Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.
Wire (Third Day album)
Wire is the seventh album by Christian rock band Third Day. It breaks from the style of the band's previous albums to return to simple, rock and roll-driven melodies. To quote Allmusic's review of the album, "Third Day has stripped away the shine and gotten back to the grittiness of being a rock & roll band." The album is largely carried by the energetic guitar riffs that pervade its songs, although the forceful lyrics also contribute significantly.
The album's songs deal with numerous themes. "Wire", the title track, is a song about the pressure to succeed in modern society. "I Believe", "I Got a Feeling", "Innocent", and other tracks deal with sin, faith, and renewal from a Christian perspective. "Billy Brown" is a catchy song that explores the readiness of people to follow and even idolize entertainment figures.
In November 2004, a live version of Wire was released, called Live Wire featuring a DVD and CD of songs from their tour of their latest album.
The album won 2005 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album.
A wire is a strand of drawn metal used especially in electrical conductors and fencing.
Wire or Wires may also refer to:
(RED)Wire is an online magazine and music service created by Bono (of the Irish rock band U2) and Bobby Shriver. It is a part of the broader Product RED organization, which serves to work with corporations who are contracted to give a percentage of their profits for particular products to the Global Fund to fight HIV/ AIDS in Africa. (RED)Wire was created on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2006. Each issue contains an exclusive song from a major artist and a "spotlight" song from an up-and-coming artist, as well as other non-music media, such as video clips, poems, and so on.
A full subscription costs the user $5 per month, half of which goes to the Global Fund and the other half going to the artists and producers involved, thus creating a sustainable business. Users can sign up to receive two free issues of the magazine. The magazine is currently only available for users in the United States and the United Kingdom.Currently (RED)Wire does not offer previous issues for purchase, but negotiations with the labels to be able to offer them are ongoing.
Issues of the magazine are retrieved and displayed by a custom Adobe Air application.
WIRE (91.1 FM, "Radio Mom 91 Dot 1 FM") is a radio station broadcasting an Adult Top 40 format. Licensed to Lebanon, Indiana, USA, the station is currently owned by Community Radio Partners.
Wire (Wire album)
Wire is the self-titled fourteenth studio album by British post-punk band Wire. It was released on 13 April 2015.
n. (label en uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die. vb. 1 To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing. 2 To string on a wire. 3 To equip with wires for use with electricity. 4 To add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something. 5 (label en informal) To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominately by telegraph. 6 To make someone tense or psyched up. 7 (label en slang) To install eavesdropping equipment. 8 To snare by means of a wire or wires. 9 (cx transitive croquet English) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.
v. provide with electrical circuits; "wire the addition to the house"
fasten with wire; "The columns were wired to the beams for support" [ant: unwire]
string on a wire; "wire beads"
equip for use with electricity; "electrify an appliance" [syn: electrify]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English wir "metal drawn out into a fine thread," from Proto-Germanic *wira- (cognates: Old Norse viravirka "filigree work," Swedish vira "to twist," Old High German wiara "fine gold work"), from PIE *wei- (1) "to turn, twist, plait" (cognates: Old Irish fiar, Welsh gwyr "bent, crooked;" Latin viere "to bend, twist," viriæ "bracelets," of Celtic origin). A wire as marking the finish line of a racecourse is attested from 1883; hence the figurative down to the wire. Wire-puller in the political sense is 1848, American English, on the image of pulling the wires that work a puppet.
Usage examples of "wire".
Convinced I could see nothing, she led me down the alley, leading me like an aerialist beckoning on the high wire.
In his Nuremberg affidavit, Seyss declared that he refused to send such a wire since there were no disorders.
Thirty seconds later sixteen of them were crouched on the aft hull, all carrying machine guns, wearing balaclava hoods and wired into their walkie-talkies.
That gave Audubon not only the wires but also his watercolors and the strong spirits for preserving bits of the agile honker.
He pulled the control wires and made the ailerons swing up and down, which always raised a laugh among the crowds.
Then when they crossed the open they came to the Ailette Canal, in which wire entanglements had been placed.
Besides the rustling of the gas cells there was the creaking of the aluminium framework along which he walked and the musical cries of thousands of steel bracing wires.
He opened and cleaned the wounds with something that felt like a wire brush, stitched them up neatly, covered them all with aluminium foil and bandage, fed me a variety of pills then, for good measure, jabbed me a couple of times with a hypodermic syringe.
The section in which Simon and Amity found themselves was small and empty except for wiring.
She carefully leaned over the edge and lowered the wires into the ammoniated muck in the bottom, pressing the wires and spray can deep into it.
They even managed to get six hundred amperes through a piece of lead wire no bigger than a pencil lead.
She caught a glimpse of the Roman aqueduct and the massive ramparts of the Crusader City, and then she was following the old coastal road past the Dan Caesarea Hotel with its 18-hole golf course secured behind a perimeter of high fence and concertina barbed wire.
The molds and deckles are neatly stacked, coils of armature wire sit untouched by the table.
They slid along the structure like droplets of water along the wires of a wet birdcage, and passed over and through each other like waves, whether they met moving about the armature or sailing through the space inside.
There were no wires overhead--no sound of life or movement except, here and there, there passed slowly to and fro human figures dressed in the same asbestos clothes as my acquaintance, with the same hairless faces, and the same look of infinite age upon them.