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1A covering or enclosure formed by turns of wire; material in the form of turns of wire; an instance of making this.
2Electronics. The practice or technique of quickly and securely connecting a wire to a pin by winding it round the pin using a tool or machine designed for the purpose. Frequently attributive Compare wire wrapping. [A trademark in the United States.]
Late 19th century; earliest use found in U.S. Patents. From wire + wrap. With sense 1 compare earlier wire-wrapped, wire wrapping.
wire wrap/ˈwʌɪə ˌrap/
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