1Work done in or with wire; material or articles made of wire; (also) a structure made of wire, especially in the form of a mesh or grid. Formerly also: †the making of wire (obsolete).
2In plural Chiefly with singular concord. An establishment where wire is made or (less commonly) where wire goods are manufactured.
3A balancing act or feat performed on a tightly stretched wire suspended above the ground; the art of doing this; tightrope walking.
Mid 16th century. From wire + work.
with object To manipulate or influence (a person); = wire-pull .