Definition of wiring in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A system of wires providing electric circuits for a device or building.

    ‘the wiring was in urgent need of replacement’
    • ‘And with the need to tie into existing building wiring, the system will have to be located close to the electrical feed into the building.’
    • ‘You will need some understanding of circuitry and wiring for this project.’
    • ‘Along the bottom was a giant blade and in the cracks some pneumatic systems and wiring could be seen.’
    • ‘A fire sparked by faulty electrical wiring outside the Star Court Arcade left around 30 Lismore businesses without power for up to three hours on Tuesday morning.’
    • ‘All safety warnings on electrical wiring were highlighted and stressed.’
    • ‘Magnetic fields in homes arise mainly from low voltage distribution wiring, house wiring, and domestic appliances.’
    • ‘Make sure electrical wiring and heating systems meet safety codes, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for heater placement and setup.’
    • ‘The fuse structure may further include additional wiring over the electrical insulating layer at the same level as the fuse.’
    • ‘Wiring may look okay to the untrained eye, but electrical wiring that is arcing is dangerous and can start fires.’
    • ‘Hardcopy blueprints of the internal wiring system were laid out in front of him.’
    • ‘The Milton Rooms' licence, which is needed before plays, shows and discos can go ahead, has been declined because the electrical wiring in the building is considered unsafe.’
    • ‘Even electrical and computer wiring can be changed in a few minutes as opposed to hours.’
    • ‘EMF exposures exist in the home and workplace as a result of electrical equipment and building wiring, and not only as a result of nearby power lines.’
    • ‘This will reduce rusting and make it less attractive to mice and other pests which can damage electrical wiring.’
    • ‘GPS receivers don't yet work well indoors where electrical wiring and other noise can interfere with their faint signals.’
    • ‘Electrical wiring and telephone lines can transmit such signals by conduction; walls can vibrate subtly, as can pipes, beams, ducts, and the like.’
    • ‘In Europe tightest regs appear to be in Greece, which officially requires wiring plans of all wiring in buildings to be submitted to central building control for approval.’
    • ‘There is an oil-fired central heating system and some useable wiring in place, but a thorough overhaul of all services is necessary.’
    • ‘They also patched-up the plumbing, replaced windows and carried out some much-needed work on the building's electrical wiring.’
    • ‘The panel sported a dizzying array of fine circuitry, fiber-optic wiring, some control processor chips and some digital readout panels.’
    1. 1.1The installation of electric wiring.
      ‘the wiring should be done by a professional’
      • ‘Installation and wiring must be in compliance with local building and electrical codes.’
      • ‘Entry-level positions can be as nuts-and-bolts as wiring and installation, all the way to the uber-geek world of file servers and beyond.’
      • ‘We had to do all new wiring, reroof, and put on handmade red-cedar shingles.’
      • ‘Be sure to keep their location in mind while doing the wiring part of the installation, so you can allow for the correct lengths of the wires.’
      • ‘In about 25 percent of all homes, some type of service upgrade is needed before new wiring can be installed.’
    2. 1.2informal The connections of the nervous system or brain perceived as determining an innate behaviour pattern.
      ‘civilizations have put nothing into the basic wiring of the human animal’
      • ‘In its own particular way, synesthesia points to yet another way that the wiring of the brain can create different ways to experience life.’
      • ‘Yet, our brain's wiring hasn't changed much, and human survival responses still are triggered by the idea we are under some sort of imminent threat.’
      • ‘If different parts of the cerebellum have different functional roles, this must be due to differences in their input and output connections rather than their internal wiring.’
      • ‘The evolutionary wiring in his brain compels him to do just that, just as gravity compels a raindrop to fall.’
      • ‘New evidence points to production of myelin, a fatty insulation coating the brain's internal wiring, as a neural Achilles' heel early in life.’