Definition of wireless in English:

wireless

adjective

  • Using radio, microwaves, etc. (as opposed to wires or cables) to transmit signals:

    ‘wireless broadband’
    • ‘They use wireless radios to call elevators or open automatic doors.’
    • ‘There needs to be a new network in place to allow the broadband transmission over the wireless network.’
    • ‘A number of US Senators were said to be preparing bills to expand the radio spectrum for wireless Internet.’
    • ‘India, with its population of more than 1 billion, has averaged 1 million new connections in both fixed line and wireless phones every month since March.’
    • ‘Using wireless broadcast technology, each mast has a range of up to 25 miles and can deliver speeds of up to 1.5Mbps.’
    • ‘The site focuses on the benefits of reallocating low-frequency wireless capacity from broadcasting to unlicensed applications, both here and around the world.’
    • ‘The T - 1 speed wireless signal that runs through my house allows me to stay plugged-in at all times.’
    • ‘A scaleable, broadband wireless system for providing radio access to a metropolitan area.’
    • ‘It'll beam wireless Internet signals over a 5-mile square mile area of Seattle.’
    • ‘As instant messaging migrates to cell phones and other wireless devices, interoperability will be even more crucial.’
    • ‘These units may be placed in either homes or businesses to receive and transmit a wireless broadband signal.’
    • ‘Wi-Fi relies on radio waves and wireless access points or gateways.’
    • ‘The Wireless Broadcast Unit is a specialist provider of wireless broadcast products for the media and entertainment arena.’
    • ‘Technology now exists for wireless connections, via radio signals.’
    • ‘BT has unveiled a wireless ADSL broadband modem that allows up to ten people to share a single broadband connection.’
    • ‘The cradle can be moved around your desk to locate it in the spot with the best wireless signal, because it's like a paperweight on the end of a wire.’
    • ‘Marconi's first transatlantic wireless signal was recreated yesterday to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic transmission.’
    • ‘The receiver demodulates the wireless signal and ships it on to the customer's terminal equipment.’
    • ‘An eavesdropper can use the program to identify nearby devices that use the Bluetooth wireless protocol.’
    • ‘To be viable, cellphones and future wireless Internet access devices will need to be mass-produced.’

noun

  • 1British dated A radio:

    ‘listening to the news on the wireless’
    • ‘Submarine wirelesses were constantly improved throughout the war and a major development was the invention of the telescopic masts.’
    • ‘He had a hearty appetite, took very little exercise, and spent his days sitting at his office desk and most evenings sitting in front of the fire, listening to the wireless.’
    • ‘And, perhaps above all, I'd listened to the wireless, day after day, listened to stories and songs of far away places and of different times.’
    • ‘He rarely went out during the day, but sat in ‘his’ chair, smoking a clay pipe and listening to the wireless while waiting for his next meal.’
    • ‘Only late in the day was it realised that the basic idea of a public service broadcaster offering information and education along with entertainment applied to TV just as much as the wireless.’
    • ‘They're talking about having standard exams for the universities next year, it was on the wireless.’
    • ‘A calm Tuesday morning, the Radio 4 Today programme on the wireless, not much news about.’
    • ‘These days it's on a Saturday night, when you've probably other things to do than sit round the wireless between 10.00 pm and midnight.’
    • ‘Even now I am very sensitive when something isn't tuned in properly on the wireless.’
    • ‘Her brother got out of medical school… and the wireless at the dance hall broke.’
    • ‘Turning on the wireless, the news announced that the operation had begun.’
    • ‘I didn't consciously start to collect these wirelesses - it just happened.’
    • ‘I have always been fascinated by how things are put together whether it is wirelesses or motor cars.’
    • ‘His father, he has said, was ‘an endlessly inventive man’ who was never happier than when tinkering with wirelesses, of which there was one in every room in the flat.’
    • ‘Telephones, television, private cars and wirelesses - all began their steady growth into mass ownership items during this period.’
    • ‘For those of us in the UK, it was Radio Luxembourg, early Radio One or the pirates of the 1960s that first kindled our love of the wireless.’
    • ‘I have frequently heard that disputes as to the right pronunciation of words have been settled by reference to the manner in which they have been spoken on the wireless.’
    • ‘And that's why I hid myself away in their attic room for much of my three week exile, tuning into UK radio on the giant wireless set, keeping in touch with home.’
    • ‘In the days before the wireless, he was trained to bear news of imminent bad weather from island to island.’
    • ‘At a passing thought, she turned on the wireless.’
  • 2[mass noun] Broadcasting, computer networking, or other communication using radio signals, microwaves, etc.

    • ‘In a world where there is competition between cable and wireless and telephone for video and voice and data, what is the role of the FCC?’
    • ‘The second step is to help create the right policy and regulatory environment for broadband, and satellite, and wireless.’
    • ‘It is looking at other ways - such as wireless or satellite - to bring broadband to these areas.’
    • ‘He said nothing new in his suggestion that broadband infrastructures - be it DSL, satellite, cable or wireless - could be run by just a handful of companies.’
    • ‘The Yankee Group projects steeper year-over-year growth for satellite, broadband wireless and other technologies.’
    • ‘With planning, a solution can be offered that will combine cable, wireless and satellite services.’
    • ‘Some older buildings are very difficult to pull cable through, and wireless may be able to get everyone connected.’
    • ‘Because wireless still is a young industry, there is plenty of uncertainty over which companies eventually will dominate the space…’
    • ‘Users will have access through a combination of terrestrial wireless and satellite transmissions.’
    • ‘Phone wireless is opening up a lot of social exchanges that we didn't expect before.’

Pronunciation:

wireless

/ˈwʌɪəlɪs/