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wire

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
barbed wire
▪ a high barbed wire fence
chicken wire
high wire
live wire
loop of wire/rope/string etc
▪ A loop of wire held the gate shut.
razor wire
wire cutters
wire netting
wire wool
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
barbed
▪ I put up an entirely illegal barbed wire fence.
▪ Given the ferocious imagination of his subconscious, it's hardly surprising that his celluloid output is laced with lethal barbed wire.
▪ If he told her the fence would be best in barbed wire she'd believe him.
▪ On the other side of the double row of barbed wire a guard was standing still holding his rifle at the ready.
▪ She had driven slowly forward to the yellow demarcation line and the frightening folds of barbed wire.
▪ Creepers grew on the walls; deciduous, they stretched out their bare stems in a complicated network like barbed wire.
▪ You may not, however, top your wall with broken glass or barbed wire without the consent of your local authority.
▪ The courthouse itself was protected by barbed wire and ringed with police.
copper
▪ Strands of copper wire, source identified.
▪ The one-tenth-inch wide strand had a nylon fiber core called Nomex, surrounded by the strands of copper wire.
▪ To obtain the tensions, we resort to the copper wire again and make up rectangular loops which are sealed by soldering.
▪ Airey houses, for example, were built with concrete planks fixed with copper wire to vertical reinforced concrete columns.
▪ Soil deformation during a quake could bend pipelines as though they were strands of copper wire.
▪ This should be compared with systems in which the signal is sent direct to the receiver for example, along a copper wire.
▪ The channel of communication is the copper wire which carries the electrical signals and runs to the distant end.
▪ If you can wear an earthed wrist strap or, at least, a piece of copper wire clipped to the ground plane.
electrical
▪ An electrical wire is inserted into the heart, which is then stimulated electronically and the reaction is studied.
▪ Automobile manufacturing is one of the top sources of demand for copper, after construction and electrical wire.
▪ It is probable that one of the electrical wires had had its insulation damaged.
▪ The wiry Estrada flashes a partially capped smile as she gratefully recalls her first maquila job twisting electrical wires with latex-tipped fingers.
▪ Always check for electrical wires and eater pipes with a pipe and cable detector before drilling walls, floors and ceilings.
▪ They live under high-voltage electrical wire.
▪ Tom left them, twined about with electrical wires, to set up their speakers and woofers and tweeters.
▪ Associates was looking for ways to expand its business of making a Teflon-coated electrical wire.
fine
▪ They consist of a copper core, which carries the signal, surrounded by a braided mesh of fine copper wire.
▪ Now suppose that two fine metal wires run along the sides of the skyhook cable.
▪ Beneath this lies the most splendid embalmed St Justin in his contemporary costume with fine wire work and embroidery.
▪ Microelectrodes are fine wires about the thickness of a hair.
▪ It works best with a large fine wire hook.
▪ Or they may be fine metal wires intended simply to record the electrical activity occurring in the cells in their vicinity.
▪ Imagine a fine wire which is too far away and too thin to see by any ordinary means.
high
▪ It was designed as a safety net, but in many respects it has now become a high wire for farmers.
▪ Oliver tied the team to a stump and led her across as if it were as dangerous as a high wire.
▪ The style was different to ours: they'd used mild steel netting instead of high-tensile wires.
▪ Like Karl Wallenda in his prime, they walk the high wire with no fear of falling.
▪ The ball flew high and wide of Judy and over the high wire fence behind her.
▪ Skinny tightrope walkers, feet weighted with fishing sinkers, traversed the high wire.
▪ This fence consists of ten live high-tensile wires and four strands of barb, so the posts are quite long.
▪ Below Manescu saw a complex of concrete buildings and a circular tower block surrounded by a high wire fence.
hot
▪ The instruments work using a hot wire internally.
▪ He bootlegged whiskey, pumped gas, worked in a steel mill handling hot wire, stole hubcaps.
live
▪ She's a real live wire. 2.
▪ Estes' forehead brushed the live wire.
▪ This college has come to life and advanced considerably under the direction of its very live wire Rector Mr Jocelyn Stevens.
▪ Trading standards officers say the hot brush styler, made in the Far East has faulty insulation which has exposed live wires.
▪ The whole machine was acting like a live electric wire.
▪ It overheated and melted the plastic cover. Live wires were exposed.
▪ Yet a kind of current emanated from her, she was like a live wire.
overhead
▪ Blue skies are criss-crossed with a network of overhead wires.
▪ And that headdress would get caught up in the overhead wires, you silly boy.
▪ Doing the overhead wires and lines.
▪ They demanded bracket construction for the overhead wires, but this was turned down for the same reasons as those in Mitcham.
▪ This means that there is always a third rail or an overhead wire carrying an enormously high electric current.
▪ They picked up power from a spider's web of unsightly overhead wires.
▪ If electric, the tramway was to be worked by overhead wire or slot conduit systems.
▪ The Unimog used for inspecting the overhead wire, can travel on road or rails.
thin
▪ Yes, I knelt in fear, and my skin lived on thin wire, this side of a profound shudder.
■ NOUN
basket
▪ Ivy, candles and fruit arranged in a wire basket make a sumptuous centrepiece.
▪ Gabians are large wire baskets filled with rocks and linked together.
▪ In practice, spray containers are laid in a wire basket inside a sealed container.
▪ He held a wire basket with a modest stack of provisions.
▪ He had a wire basket in his left hand, in which he had placed two tins of pineapple cubes.
▪ She took the loaded wire basket to the outlet, paid, filled her carrier bags, and went homewards by Underground.
brush
▪ If the flashing looks sound but is obviously porous, clean the surface thoroughly with a wire brush.
▪ Keep a wire brush handy for this purpose and rub down the grill after finishing your cooking.
▪ Action with a scraper and wire brush, using manual labour, would give the desired result.
▪ Lightly sand scratches and chips with fine wet-and-dry paper, and remove all traces of rust with small wire brush.
▪ We would imagine that the wire brush is very handy for cleaning up old iron and steel.
▪ The inside of the fitting should be brushed out with a special wire brush and rubbed with wire wool.
chicken
▪ After much midnight hammering, a large wooden frame, covered in chicken wire with a drop down door was constructed.
▪ So this year, to be on the safe side, she had ordered a roll of chicken wire and metal stakes.
▪ Already he's spent more than £100 on chicken wire and spent hours collecting up the various fillings.
▪ Staplegun chicken wire to the walls, slap stucco on top.
▪ Derek and I built the aviary between us out of ordinary three by three timber and chicken wire.
▪ The church was built of brick and chicken wire.
▪ To reduce slippage, tack coarse-gauge chicken wire flush to the deck.
▪ They would search the woods behind the house, and Nockerd would tack the chicken wire tighter around the cage.
cutter
▪ Eric Dodd set down his wire cutters and leather gloves.
▪ The other had contained a jemmy, cans of spray paint, wire cutters, a brace and bit, and shears.
▪ Police had to use wire cutters to move on the protestors.
▪ He says some one with a screwdriver or wire cutters could take the picture and walk out of the door.
fence
▪ I put up an entirely illegal barbed wire fence.
▪ Caught in a barbed wire fence.
▪ Exhorting him to breathe deeply they paraded him up and down beside the wire fence.
▪ And when that wire fence tears through those little babies fall through and die.
▪ On either side of the well-guarded checkpoint stretched wire fences, barbed-wire entanglements and minefields.
▪ The aroma of fish and bread will drift over the hungry children standing behind the barbed wire fence, watching, waiting.
▪ The ball flew high and wide of Judy and over the high wire fence behind her.
▪ He was doing wheelies on a steep bank with a wire fence at the top.
fraud
▪ Gould was eventually caught last year, and pleaded guilty to 51 counts of racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering.
▪ Caserta, 56, pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud and conspiracy.
loop
▪ The paper support for this is a flimsy piece of plastic, and a wire loop.
▪ Pick up the web on this card, as with the wire loop.
mesh
▪ These cars had Wilson &038; Bennett wire mesh lifeguards.
▪ There was an iron bed, a small table and chair, a double-pane window reinforced with wire mesh.
▪ I was standing with my back to the aviary, my jacket almost touching the wire mesh, still puzzled.
▪ Strain through a wire mesh sieve.
▪ There was a wire mesh roof over it lower than in the Cages and some fish and meat.
▪ The screens were of ordinary wire mesh.
▪ This time it was a piece of wire mesh on a metal rod.
▪ There was no stairhead lamp and the wire mesh screens were of the Brush standard design.
netting
▪ Joseph's father was reinforcing the posts that held up the wire netting around the tennis court.
▪ Openings covered with wire netting revealed a shadowy abyss.
▪ As soon as they are replaced they are broken again and the church authorities are considering wire netting as a protection.
▪ It blows debris into the net and it tightens the net rather like wire netting and decreases its catching power.
▪ Wire netting Crumple up wire netting into a ball and push into a container.
▪ You can also use a circle of wire netting, shaped like a mound, to cover the top of the container.
news
▪ He stays up until the early hours devouring the news wires.
▪ Stock and bond markets, already weak, fell further after the pessimistic comments were carried on news wires.
▪ When those remarks went out over the news wires, sales shot up further.
▪ The government does not own or substantially regulate newspapers, radio or television stations, or news wire services.
▪ On January 30, 1993, news of an unusual incident crossed the Associated Press news wire.
rack
▪ Place the frozen truffles on a wire rack over a baking sheet.
▪ Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack.
▪ Run a blunt knife around the inside edge of the tin and turn out the cake on to a wire rack to cool.
▪ Remove from baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
▪ Turn out on to wire rack. 3.
▪ Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely on wire rack.
▪ Leave the florentines on a wire rack to set.
▪ Place ginger on a wire rack to dry for at least an hour.
razor
▪ The following day 20 protesters climbed back over the razor wire.
▪ The inmates are held in a compound encircled by razor wire.
▪ The high grey wall has a lip trimmed with razor wire.
▪ The gear is protected by a cyclone fence topped with razor wire.
▪ There were fences with spirals of razor wire on top.
▪ They gazed into my torch beam like cons caught in razor wire.
service
▪ I'd seen him around at one or two private parties given by wire service operators and gamblers.
▪ Her sketches are familiar to New Yorkers and have appeared on networks, newspapers and the wire services.
▪ The wire services demanded language stripped of the local, the regional, and the colloquial....
▪ This story was supplemented by wire service material.
▪ The government does not own or substantially regulate newspapers, radio or television stations, or news wire services.
▪ New York Times, wire services, I could have called them but I called you.
▪ The wire services are now reporting the fire, and the writers and editors are reading the copy.
▪ Chronicle wire services contributed to this report.
telegraph
▪ Glancing up, I saw a beautiful yellow bird perched on a telegraph wire, looking like a prize long-tailed canary.
▪ Immediately afterwards, she listens enraptured to the almost musical sound of the telegraph wires that only she is capable of hearing.
▪ The rain is sheeting across the horizon like ripped dustbin liners caught on a telegraph wire.
▪ Popularization of news was accelerated in the 1 840s with the introduction of telegraph wire services.
▪ And there was the railway, with its shining lines, telegraph wires and posts, and signals.
▪ And soon the word was crackling over the telegraph wires to all parts of the North.
telephone
▪ Still embedded high on a rock is a tangle of telephone wires and a ceramic insulator.
▪ In summer, we sit on the porch Like birds on a telephone wire.
▪ The thieves cut her telephone wires and took the money she was saving for a cooker.
▪ He said he could feel the vibrations of my enthusiasm over the telephone wires.
▪ The telephone wires have been cut, the sockets torn from the wall.
▪ Latency is friction in telephone wires that can cause delays in the response time of action gaming.
▪ A police station adjacent to the jail was simultaneously attacked by the rebels, its occupants disarmed and its telephone wires severed.
wool
▪ They are looking at some wire wool that has rusted.
▪ She felt a wire wool of beard on her chin, and realised she was seeing the world two-dimensionally.
▪ The more stubborn food particles can be removed by gentle scrubbing with wire wool.
▪ Before you replace it, clean the two pipe ends thoroughly with wire wool, then brush on flux.
▪ She chose the cooker and began to scrape its insides with wire wool.
▪ The inside of the fitting should be brushed out with a special wire brush and rubbed with wire wool.
■ VERB
attach
▪ Use a similar hooked connection to attach the Earth wire and the wire leading from S1 to the solder tag.
▪ In the 1980s mechanical hearts were attached by wires and tubes to machinery outside the body.
▪ An oval drill head was attached to a flexible wire and threaded into a blood vessel in his leg.
▪ A curl of green pressed powder was burning on the table, attached to a wire stand.
▪ The Thing didn't have to be attached to any wires.
▪ The 1M potentiometer should be prepared by attaching short wires to the centre and one of its outer terminals.
connect
▪ Prepare the solenoid valve connecting wire.
▪ Born in late August, some 15 weeks premature, he spent his 10-week life connected to tubes and wires.
▪ Remove the voltage regulator box and connect the large wires A, A1 and D together.
▪ Because all controls and control units are connected by flexible wires, controls can be grouped conveniently around the handles.
▪ Chakras connected by copper wire leading to the head of the idol.
cut
▪ Closer examination showed these to have been cut, about 12 wires in all.
▪ One of the commonest mistakes is attempting to cut with too much wire inside the papilla, partly for fear of displacing the wire.
▪ The thieves cut her telephone wires and took the money she was saving for a cooker.
▪ Anyone who cuts the wire with the necessary intent and knowledge would be guilty of murder.
▪ The strength in his own sinews cuts the wire into the flesh round his mouth.
run
▪ This leaves long parallel striations running along the wire.
▪ The two doctors bared its chest and ran wires from the battery to the bone above the heart.
▪ Then he ran off with the wire, not out of the gate, but round to the front of the house.
▪ Oswald ran past the chicken wire, turned into the cell block, stopped at the white line.
twist
▪ John twisted soft iron wire around some thick dowelling, whittled to a taper, to make candleholders.
▪ The wiry Estrada flashes a partially capped smile as she gratefully recalls her first maquila job twisting electrical wires with latex-tipped fingers.
▪ He'd spent a long time twisting bits of wire together and finding a safe way to steal electricity from the fusebox.
▪ Why not make the rope out of twisted wire?
▪ The muscles in her neck felt as hard and twisted as wire rope.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
high-tension wires/cables etc
▪ Take the walk along the Humber Bridge with the wind nagging the high-tension cables.
▪ The Kinner field almost qualified; it had two sets of high-tension wires on its eastern perimeter.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
wire reports
▪ The cable is made of many twisted strands of wire.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A low-powered electric bulb hung starkly from a wire overhead.
▪ But all these things somehow had their centre inside the wire.
▪ Pumps go with pipes, furnaces go with air-conditioners, switches go with wires.
▪ So this year, to be on the safe side, she had ordered a roll of chicken wire and metal stakes.
▪ When the wires fell, they ignited the gas leaking from the main.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
together
▪ The creatures are wired together in various degrees of connectance by food webs and by smells and vision.
up
▪ Soldiers set up barbed-wire fences, electricians wired up searchlights, carpenters built barracks and sentry boxes on elevated platforms.
▪ These were people who were wired up wrong.
▪ Through the gap in the fence, I suppose, the place I didn't wire up.
▪ One Systern now being scrutinized is absolutely essential for the proper wiring up of neurons in the brain of the developing fetus.
▪ Lighting circuits are wired up in one of two ways.
▪ After wiring up the Xmas tree lights and programming the computer, even managed the washing up!
▪ Power circuits on a modern installation are also wired up in one of two ways, as ring or radical circuits.
▪ Mr Whittaker will wire up your place to one of his alarms.
■ NOUN
network
▪ In a 21st-century society wired into instantaneous networks, marketing is the mirror; the collective consumer is the chameleon.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Bud wired the CD player up to the cigarette lighter in his car.
▪ Could you wire me $50?
▪ The electrician is coming to wire the house tomorrow.
▪ Tracy had to have her jaw wired shut.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Satellite customers who are wired for cable sometimes keep the service to get local channels.
▪ Sooner or later most workers will be wired, and another moderator of inflation will then have been exhausted also.
▪ The businessman was then wired with a listening device and given $ 30, 000 to offer Mr Tucker.
▪ They are very data conscious now and more wired into productivity, quality, the importance of training, and customer service.
▪ This latter method is often a good way of wiring outside lights.
▪ We strap on the goggles and headphones which are wired up to what looks like a drum machine.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wire

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. ] 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.

  2. A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire. [Colloq.]

  3. 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.

  4. One who picks women's pockets. [Thieves' Slang]

  5. A knitting needle. [Scot.]

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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[6].

      under the wire, just in time; shortly before the deadline; as, to file an application just under the wire.

Wire

Wire \Wire\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wired; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiring.]

  1. To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors.

  2. To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads.

  3. To snare by means of a wire or wires.

  4. To send (a message) by telegraph. [Colloq.]

  5. (Croquet) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 \Wire\, v. i.

  1. To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream. [R.]
    --P. Fletcher.

  2. To send a telegraphic message. [Colloq.]

Wikipedia

Wire (band)

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.

Wire (disambiguation)

A wire is a strand of drawn metal used especially in electrical conductors and fencing.

Wire or Wires may also refer to:

(RED)Wire

(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 (FM)

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.

Wiktionary

wire

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.

WordNet

wire

  1. n. ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc

  2. a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance [syn: conducting wire]

  3. the finishing line on a racetrack

  4. a message transmitted by telegraph [syn: telegram]

wire

  1. v. provide with electrical circuits; "wire the addition to the house"

  2. send cables, wires, or telegrams [syn: cable, telegraph]

  3. fasten with wire; "The columns were wired to the beams for support" [ant: unwire]

  4. string on a wire; "wire beads"

  5. equip for use with electricity; "electrify an appliance" [syn: electrify]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

wire

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.

wire

c.1300, "adorn with (gold) wire," from wire (n.). From 1859 as "communicate by means of a telegraphic wire;" 1891 as "furnish with electrical wires and connections." Related: Wired; wiring.

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.