wire


wire
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noun
1 metal as thin thread
ADJECTIVE
taut
loose
fine, thin
thick
flexible, soft
stiff
rusty
metal, steel, etc.
baling (AmE), barbed, chicken (= wire mesh used to make fences), razor
piano
perimeter
trip (usually tripwire)

The bomb was attached to a tripwire laid across the road.

high (= in a circus)

One man rode a bicycle along the high wire as the climax to the act.

… OF WIRE
length, piece, strand
coil, roll

coils of barbed wire

VERB + WIRE
cut

They cut the perimeter wire and escaped.

bend, twist
stretch, string

The wire was stretched between two poles.

be surrounded by, be topped with, be wrapped in

a fence topped with razor wire

WIRE + NOUN
mesh, netting (esp. BrE)
basket, brush, cage, fence, fencing, frame, hanger, rack

wire coat hangers

Cool the cakes on a wire rack.

PREPOSITION
behind a/the wire

Behind the wire, the prisoners were exercising.

under a/the wire

We got in under the wire.

2 for electricity
ADJECTIVE
electric, electrical, electricity (esp. BrE)

Don't place carpets over electrical wires.

overhead electricity wires

earth (BrE), ground (AmE), live, neutral

Don't touch that wire. It's live.

overhead
telegraph, telephone
fuse
bare, exposed

Watch out for bare wires.

insulated, plastic-coated
frayed
copper, silver, etc.
14-gauge, 20-gauge, etc. (esp. AmE)
VERB + WIRE
attach, connect

The wire was attached to a pin in the plug.

disconnect

He disconnected the wire from the clock.

run

The electrician ran a wire from the kitchen to the bedroom.

WIRE + VERB
go, lead, run, trail

Where does this wire go?

There were wires trailing everywhere.

dangle, protrude, stick out
PREPOSITION
along a/the wire, down a/the wire

the flow of electrical current down a wire

PHRASES
a tangle of wires

I found myself tripping over a tangle of wires and cables.

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verb
ADVERB
correctly, properly

You should check that the socket is correctly wired.

directly
together

The components have to be wired together in a certain way.

in, up

She was wired up to a heart monitor.

genetically (figurative)

We're genetically wired to love sugar.

PREPOSITION
for

Many homes were wired for lighting only.

into, to

The Christmas tree lights are all wired to one plug.

Wire is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑electrician
Wire is used with these nouns as the object: ↑plug

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Wire — Wire, v. i. 1. To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream. [R.] P. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] 2. To send a telegraphic message. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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