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wire

noun uk   /waɪər/ us    /waɪr/

wire noun (METAL THREAD)

B2 [C or U] a piece of thin metal thread that can be bent, used for fastening things and for making particular types of objects that are strong but can bend: a wire fenceMetals and metalworkingChemical elementsElectrical components and circuitry B2 [C] (a piece of) thin metal thread with a layer of plastic around it, used for carrying electric current: Someone had cut the phone wires. Don't touch those wires whatever you do.Electrical switches and connections the wire the wire fence round a prison or prison camp: During the war he spent three years behind the wire (= in prison).Prisons and parts of prisons

wire noun (MESSAGE)

[C] US informal a telegramLetters, notes and cardsPaper and stationery

wire

verb [T] uk   /waɪər/ us    /waɪr/

wire verb [T] (METAL THREAD)

to fasten two things together using wire: She had her jaws wired together so that she wouldn't be able to eat.Fastening and tying (also wire up) to connect a piece of electrical equipment with wires so that it will work: The stereo wasn't working because it hadn't been wired up properly. Nearly one home in ten across the country is wired up to receive TV via cable.Electricity and electronics

wire verb [T] (SEND MESSAGE)

to send money using an electrical communication system: The insurance company wired millions of dollars to its accounts to cover the payments. [+ two objects] Luckily my father wired me two hundred bucks.Faxes, pagers, and text messages mainly US in the past, to send someone a telegram: Janet wired me to say she'd be here a day later than planned.The postal system
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