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Meaning of “wire” in the English Dictionary

"wire" in British English

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wirenoun

uk   /waɪər/  us   /waɪr/
  • wire noun (METAL THREAD)

B2 [C or U] a ​piece of ​thinmetalthread that can be ​bent, used for ​fastening things and for making ​particulartypes of ​objects that are ​strong but can ​bend: a wire ​fenceB2 [C] (a ​piece of) ​thinmetalthread with a ​layer of ​plastic around it, used for ​carryingelectriccurrent: Someone had ​cut the ​phone wires. Don't ​touch those wires whatever you do. US a ​secretrecordingdevicehiddenworn by a ​person, ​especially one that is ​hidden in ​theirclothes: The ​undercoverpoliceofficer was ​wearing a wire during the ​meeting.the wire UK the wire ​fence around a ​prison or ​prisoncamp: During the ​war he ​spent three ​years behind the wire (= in ​prison).

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  • wire noun (MESSAGE)

[C] US informal a telegram

wireverb [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. (also wire up) to ​connect a ​piece of ​electricalequipment with wires so that it will ​work: The ​stereo wasn't ​working because it hadn't been wired up ​correctly. Nearly one ​home in ten ​across the ​country is wired up to ​receive TV ​viacable.
  • wire verb [T] (SEND MESSAGE)

to ​sendmoney using an ​electricalcommunicationsystem: The ​insurancecompany wired millions of ​dollars toitsaccounts to ​cover the ​payments. [+ two objects] Luckily my ​father wired me two hundred ​bucks. mainly US in the past, to ​send someone a ​telegram: Janet wired me to say she'd be here a ​daylater than ​planned.
(Definition of wire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wire" in American English

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wirenoun

 us   /wɑɪər/
  • wire noun (METAL THREAD)

[C/U] thinmetal that can be ​bent, used in a ​stiffform in ​fences and in a ​form more ​easilyshaped for ​fastening things or for ​carryingelectriccurrents: [C] telephone wires [U] There was a six-foot high wire ​fence around the ​playground.
  • wire noun (SEND MESSAGE)

[C] dated a ​telegram

wireverb [T]

 us   /wɑɪər/
  • wire verb [T] (SEND MESSAGE)

dated to ​send a ​message or ​money by ​telegraph: My ​father wired me $300.
  • wire verb [T] (METAL THREAD)

to ​connect or ​fasten by wire: Our ​building is wired for ​cable TV. A ​person or ​place that is wired is ​secretlyequipped with an ​electricdevice that ​recordssounds such as ​conversations: Wired by the ​FBI, he ​beganrecordingmeetings with Chicago ​officials.
(Definition of wire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wire" in Business English

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wirenoun

uk   us   /waɪər/
[C or U] PRODUCTION a ​piece of ​longthin metal that can be ​bent or used to ​hold things together: Thin strands of copper wire are ​wrapped around the ​connection and soldered.
[C or U] COMMUNICATIONS a ​piece of ​longthin metal that can ​carrysignals or electricity: electrical/​telephone wire The wires had been ​cut, ​leaving the ​building in darkness.
[U] US BANKING, COMMUNICATIONS an ​electronicsystem for ​sendingmoney from one ​bankaccount to another: by wire Amounts over $1,000 can be ​transferred to your ​bankaccount by wire or by ​check.
[C] COMMUNICATIONS a ​piece of ​electronicequipment that someone wears so that other ​people can secretly listen to their ​conversation, especially when ​trying to trick someone: He ​agreed to ​wear a wire to the ​meeting as ​part of the FBI ​investigation.
down to the wire if something is down to the wire, it is not ​clear or decided until the last possible moment: go/come down to the wire It was likely the ​leadership contest would go down to the wire. Contract ​negotiations with two ​unions that ​represent more than 100,000 ​employees are expected to go right down to the wire.
get your wires crossed informal if ​people get their wires ​crossed, they have a different ​understanding of the same ​situation: We must have got our wires ​crossed, because I ​thought the ​meeting was next week.

wireverb [T]

uk   us   /waɪər/
US BANKING, COMMUNICATIONS to ​sendmoney from one ​bankaccount to another using an ​electronicsystem: The ​insurancecompany wired the ​payment directly to our ​account.
US COMMUNICATIONS in the past, to ​send someone a telegram (= ​messagesent over ​electrical wires and ​printed out)
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(Definition of wire from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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