1. [syn: string section, strings]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wire \Wire\ (w[imac]r), n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel.
v[imac]rr, Dan. vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine
gold; perhaps akin to E. withy. [root]141.]
1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance
formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved
rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.
Note: Wire is made of any desired form, as round, square,
triangular, etc., by giving this shape to the hole in
the drawplate, or between the rollers.
2. A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph;
as, to send a message by wire. [Colloq.]
3. Chiefly in pl. The system of wires used to operate the
puppets in a puppet show; hence (Chiefly Political Slang),
the network of hidden influences controlling the action of
a person or organization; as, to pull the wires for
office; -- in this sense, synonymous with strings.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
4. One who picks women's pockets. [Thieves' Slang]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
5. A knitting needle. [Scot.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
6. A wire stretching across over a race track at the judges'
stand, to mark the line at which the races end. [Racing
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Wire bed, Wire mattress, an elastic bed bottom or
mattress made of wires interwoven or looped together in
Wire bridge, a bridge suspended from wires, or cables made
Wire cartridge, a shot cartridge having the shot inclosed
in a wire cage.
Wire cloth, a coarse cloth made of woven metallic wire, --
used for strainers, and for various other purposes.
Wire edge, the thin, wirelike thread of metal sometimes
formed on the edge of a tool by the stone in sharpening
Wire fence, a fence consisting of posts with strained
horizontal wires, wire netting, or other wirework,
Wire gauge or Wire gage.
(a) A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire, thickness
of sheet metal, etc., often consisting of a metal
plate with a series of notches of various widths in
(b) A standard series of sizes arbitrarily indicated, as
by numbers, to which the diameter of wire or the
thickness of sheet metal in usually made, and which is
used in describing the size or thickness. There are
many different standards for wire gauges, as in
different countries, or for different kinds of metal,
the Birmingham wire gauges and the American wire gauge
being often used and designated by the abbreviations
B. W. G. and A. W. G. respectively.
Wire gauze, a texture of finely interwoven wire, resembling
Wire grass (Bot.), either of the two common grasses
Eleusine Indica, valuable for hay and pasture, and Poa
compressa, or blue grass. See Blue grass.
Wire grub (Zool.), a wireworm.
Wire iron, wire rods of iron.
Wire lathing, wire cloth or wire netting applied in the
place of wooden lathing for holding plastering.
Wire mattress. See Wire bed, above.
Wire micrometer, a micrometer having spider lines, or fine
wires, across the field of the instrument.
Wire nail, a nail formed of a piece of wire which is headed
Wire netting, a texture of woven wire coarser than ordinary
Wire rod, a metal rod from which wire is formed by drawing.
Wire rope, a rope formed wholly, or in great part, of
down to the wire, up to the last moment, as in a race or
competition; as, the two front runners were neck-and-neck
down to the wire. From wire.
under the wire, just in time; shortly before the deadline;
as, to file an application just under the wire.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the section of an orchestra that plays stringed instruments
[syn: string section, strings]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
65 Moby Thesaurus words for "strings":
Byzantine intrigues, German band, Philharmonic,
backstairs influence, band, big band, brass, brass band,
brass choir, brass quintet, brass section, brasses,
callithumpian band, chamber orchestra, chordophone, combo,
concert band, connections, deals, desks, dixieland band, ensemble,
gamelan orchestra, games, group, influence peddling, intrigues,
jazz band, jug band, lobbying, lobbyism, military band, orchestra,
ploys, provision, proviso, quartet, quintet, ragtime band,
reservation, rock-and-roll group, ropes, schemes, sextet,
skiffle band, steel band, stipulation, street band, string band,
string choir, string orchestra, string quartet,
stringed instrument, swing band, symphony, symphony orchestra,
terms, trio, waits, wire-pulling, wires, woodwind, woodwind choir,
woodwind quartet, woodwinds