3. Hence, also, to draw or spin out to great length and tenuity; as, to wiredraw an argument.

Such twisting, such wiredrawing, was never seen in a court of justice.

4. (Steam Engine) To pass, or to draw off, (as steam) through narrow ports, or the like, thus reducing its pressure or force by friction.

(Wire"-draw`er) n. One who draws metal into wire.

(Wire"-heel`) n. (Far.) A disease in the feet of a horse or other beast.

(Wire"-pull`er) n. One who pulls the wires, as of a puppet; hence, one who operates by secret means; an intriguer.

Political wire-pullers and convention packers.

(Wire"-pull`ing), n. The act of pulling the wires, as of a puppet; hence, secret influence or management, especially in politics; intrigue.

(Wire"-tailed`) a. (Zoöl.) Having some or all of the tail quills terminated in a long, slender, pointed shaft, without a web or barbules.

(Wire"work`) n. Work, especially openwork, formed of wires.

(Wire"-work`er) n. One who manufactures articles from wire.

(Wire"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) (a) One of the larvæ of various species of snapping beetles, or elaters; — so called from their slenderness and the uncommon hardness of the integument. Wireworms are sometimes very destructive to the roots of plants. Called also wire grub. (b) A galleyworm.

(Wir"i*ness) n. The quality of being wiry.

(Wir"y) a. [Written also wiery.]

1. Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire.

2. Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy; as, a wiry frame or constitution. "A little wiry sergeant of meek demeanor and strong sense." Dickens.

He bore his age well, and seemed to retain a wiry vigor and alertness.

(Wis) adv. [Aphetic form of iwis, ywis; or fr. Icel. viss certain. See Ywis.] Certainly; really; indeed. [Obs.] "As wis God helpe me." Chaucer.

(Wis), v. t. [Due to mistaking OE. iwis certain, AS. gewiss, for I wis. See Ywis.] To think; to suppose; to imagine; — used chiefly in the first person sing. present tense, I wis. See the Note under Ywis. [Obs. or Poetic] "Howe'er you wis." R. Browning.

Nor do I know how long it is

(Wis"ard) n. See Wizard.

(Wis"dom) n. [AS. wisdom. See Wise, a., and - dom.]

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