metal in the form of a usually very flexible thread or slender rod. a thread or rod of such material. WIREWORK. the meshwork of parallel or woven wire on which the wet web of paper forms. something (such as a thin plant stem) that is wirelike. a system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show. hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization. a line of wire for conducting electric current. a telephone or telegraph wire or system. TELEGRAM, CABLEGRAM. fencing or a fence of usually barbed wire. the finish line of a race. the final decisive moment (as of a contest). WIREHAIR. to provide with wire: use wire on for a specific purpose. to send or send word to by telegraph. to connect by or as if by a wire. to predispose, determine, or establish genetically or innately. to send a telegraphic message.