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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WIRE

The framework is of bamboo, strengthened and held taut with wire guys.

You are no Frenchman, to spit flesh with a wire; but you can shoot, can't you?

It was tried on a wire laid across the Rhine between Deutz and Cologne.

This pointed out to him that the wire might be sensitive to sound when in a state of fracture.

Nor was it essential the wire should be straight; it might be bent into angles.

Of these, the single-needle instrument, requiring only one wire, is still in use.

The electricity had taken a certain time to travel from the ends of the wire to the middle.

The wire puzzles and the association tea were an immense feature of these.

But Turkey was far better armed with his lash of wire than I was with the club.

Do you mind if I fasten them on with wire so they can't fall?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wir "metal drawn out into a thread," from Proto-Germanic *wiraz (cf. Old Norse viravirka "filigree work," Swedish vira "to twist," Old High German wiara "fine gold work"), from PIE *wei- "to turn, twist, plait" (cf. Old Irish fiar, Welsh gwyr "bent, crooked;" Latin viere "to bend, twist," viriæ "bracelets," of Celtic origin). Wiretapping is recorded from 1904, from earlier wiretapper (1893). Wirepuller in the political sense is 1848, American English.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WIRE

antenna

nounappendages for sensing, usually on insects or electronics

antennae

nounappendages for sensing, usually on insects or electronics
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