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Topic: TELEPHONE, TELEGRAPH

Language: Old English
Origin: wir

wire

1 noun
     
wire
wire1 S3 W3
1 [uncountable and countable]TI thin metal in the form of a thread, or a piece of this:
copper wire
a wire fence
barbed wire, high wire, tripwire
2 [countable]TEE a piece of metal like this, used for carrying electrical currents or signals:
a telephone wire
3

get your wires crossed

to become confused about what someone is saying because you think they are talking about something else
4

go/come/be down to the wire

informal especially American English to be finished or achieved with very little time left:
The game was very close and went right down to the wire.
5 [countable] American EnglishTCR a piece of electronic recording equipment, usually worn secretly on someone's clothes
6 [countable] American EnglishTCT a telegram
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