1. a slender, stringlike piece or filament of relatively rigid or flexible metal, usually circular in section, manufactured in a great variety of diameters and metals depending on its application.
  2. such pieces as a material.
  3. a length of such material, consisting either of a single filament or of several filaments woven or twisted together and usually insulated with a dielectric material, used as a conductor of electricity.
  4. a cross wire or a cross hair.
  5. a barbed-wire fence.
  6. a long wire or cable used in cable, telegraph, or telephone systems.
  7. Nautical. a wire rope.
  8. Informal.
    1. a telegram.
    2. the telegraphic system: to send a message by wire.
  9. wires, a system of wires by which puppets are moved.
  10. a metallic string of a musical instrument.
  11. Underworld Slang. the member of a pickpocket team who picks the victim’s pocket.Compare stall2(def 5).
  12. Horse Racing. a wire stretched across and above the track at the finish line, under which the horses pass.
  13. Ornithology. one of the extremely long, slender, wirelike filaments or shafts of the plumage of various birds.
  14. a metal device for snaring rabbits and other small game.
  15. Papermaking. the woven wire mesh over which the wet pulp is spread in a papermaking machine.
  16. the wire, the telephone: There’s someone on the wire for you.

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