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wire +‎ -less

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wireless (not comparable)

  1. Not having any wires.
  2. Of or relating to communication without a wired connection, such as by radio waves.

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wireless (usually uncountable, plural (dated) wirelesses)

  1. (uncountable) The medium of radio communication.
    Only about a hundred years ago, wireless was a new technology.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, in Death on the Centre Court:
      It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me. […]”
  2. (uncountable, networking) Wireless connectivity to a computer network.
    If your wireless stops working, try restarting the router.
  3. (dated, chiefly Britain) A radio set.
    Let's switch on the wireless and listen to the news.
    • 1979, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, Bruce Woolley, “Video Killed the Radio Star”:
      I heard you on my wireless back in '52
    • 2021, Otto English, Fake History, page 2:
      In the corner of that dark back room stood a black and white television—their one nod to modernity—and beside it, two old wirelesses and a headset that had not seen action since the TV arrived.

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wireless (third-person singular simple present wirelesses, present participle wirelessing, simple past and past participle wirelessed)

  1. To send a message by wireless (by radio)
    • 1919, William Charles Henry Wood, Flag and Fleet:
      At 3:30 A.M. a huge Zeppelin flew across the British battle line, wirelessing down to any Germans still to the westward the best way to get home.
    • 1933, Robert Byron, First Russia, Then Tibet[1], Part II, Chapter 1:
      Just outside Piraeus we circled low over a capsized fishing-boat, a grisly wreck in the crystal blue water, and wirelessed a description of it to the mainland.

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Unadapted borrowing from English wireless.

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wireless m (invariable)

  1. wireless (transmission without wires)

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wireless (invariable)

  1. (computing) wireless

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Borrowed from English wireless.

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wireless m (uncountable)

  1. (Guernsey) wireless, radio

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Unadapted borrowing from English wireless.

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wireless f (invariable)

  1. (networking) wireless (wireless connectivity to a computer network)

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wireless (invariable)

  1. (of hardware) wireless (communicating without wired connections)

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