One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A facility allowing computers, smartphones, or other devices to connect to the Internet or communicate with one another wirelessly within a particular area.
- ‘If you haven't yet installed a Wi-Fi network in your home, let me tell you that you have no idea what you're missing.’
- ‘While Wi-Fi is becoming a standard feature on notebooks, network coverage is anything but ubiquitous.’
- ‘Add Wi-Fi, standard now on most new laptops, and your home office can be anywhere.’
- ‘Unlike the PowerBooks, they do not ship with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as standard.’
- ‘It will also deploy a Wi-Fi network to keep assorted hacks and photographers in touch.’
verbWi-Fies, Wi-Fied, Wi-Fying[with object]
Convert or adapt for Wi-Fi compatibility.‘what type of electronics will be immune from being Wi-Fied?’
- ‘The Sunday Business Post on the other hand said last week that Wi-Fiing Dublin was a missed opportunity on the part of DCC and not because of anything to do with the European Commission…?’
- ‘Crown for Royal City After Jerusalem, Mysore is the world's only other city to be entirely Wi-Fied.’
- ‘Cybernomads already cluster at Starbucks, migrating to Kinko's if necessary for hardcopy, and abandon their offices to sit in Wi-Fied parks on sunny days.’
- ‘So while we wait for all of these wires to be Bluetoothed and Wi-Fied into oblivion, it helps to know your plugs.’
- ‘If you have Road Runner or DSL, you're most likely already ‘Wi-Fied’ or you have the option to call your ISP and have them do most of that legwork for you, for a nominal charge of course.’
1990s: from wireless + an apparently arbitrary second element, after hi-fi; sometimes incorrectly interpreted as a shortening of Wireless Fidelity.
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