A wire is a single, usually cylindrical, flexible strand or rod of metal. Wires are used to bear mechanical loads or electricity and telecommunications signals. Wire is commonly formed by drawing the metal through a hole in a die or draw plate. Standard sizes are determined by various wire gauges. The term wire is also used more loosely to refer to a bundle of such strands, as in 'multistranded wire', which is more correctly termed a wire rope in mechanics, or a cable in electricity.

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  1. Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.
  2. A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable.
  3. A metal conductor that carries electricity.
  4. A fence made of usually barbed wire.
  5. A finish line of a racetrack.
  6. A telecommunication wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; a telegram.
  7. A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.
  8. A deadline or critical endpoint.
  9. A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.


  1. To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing.
    We need to wire that hole in the fence.
  2. To string on a wire.
    wire beads
  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.
    I'll just wire your camera to the computer screen.
  5. To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominately by telegraph.
    Urgent: please wire me another 100 pounds sterling.
  6. To make someone tense or psyched up.
    I'm never going to sleep: I'm completely wired from all that coffee.
  7. To install eavesdropping equipment.
    We wired the suspect's house.
  8. To snare by means of a wire or wires.

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