One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The speed at which a wire is moved or dispensed by a machine or process.
2Computing. The rate at which a wire or cable transmits data; (attributive) designating a device or process which does not cause any reduction in transmission rate.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in U.S. Patents. From wire + speed.
wire speed/ˈwʌɪə ˌspiːd/
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