A usually pliable metallic strand or rod made in many lengths and diameters, sometimes clad and often electrically insulated, used chiefly for structural support or to conduct electricity. A group of wire strands bundled or twisted together as a functional unit; cable. Something resembling a wire, as in slenderness or stiffness. An open telephone connection. Slang A hidden microphone, as on a person's body or in a building. A telegraph service. A telegram or cablegram. A wire service. Computer Science A pin in the print head of a computer printer. The screen on which sheets of paper are formed in a papermaking machine. Sports The finish line of a racetrack. The system of strings employed in manipulating puppets in a show. Hidden controlling influences. Slang A pickpocket. Fencing made of usually barbed wire. To bind, connect, or attach with wires or a wire. To string (beads, for example) on wire. To equip with a system of electrical wires. Slang To install electronic eavesdropping equipment in (a room, for example). To send by telegraph: wired her congratulations. To send a telegram to. Computer Science To implement (a capability) through logic circuitry that is permanently connected within a computer or calculator and therefore not subject to change by programming. To determine or put into effect by physiological or neurological mechanisms; hard-wire: "It is plausible that the basic organization of grammar is wired into the child's brain\u201d ( Steven Pinker). To send a telegram. down to the wire Informal To the very end, as in a race or contest.