Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no wires: a wireless security system.
  • adj. Chiefly British Of or relating to radio or communication by radiotelegraphy or radiotelephony.
  • n. A radio telegraph or radiotelephone system.
  • n. A message transmitted by wireless telegraph or telephone.
  • n. Chiefly British Radio.
  • transitive v. To communicate with or send communications by wireless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not having any wires.
  • adj. Of or relating to communication without a wired connection, such as by radio waves.
  • n. The medium of radio communication.
  • n. A radio set.
  • n. Wireless connectivity to a computer network.
  • v. To send a message by wireless (by radio)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no wire
  • n. Short for wireless telegraphy, wireless telephony, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being or done without a wire; not requiring a wire for its operation: as, wireless telegraphy.
  • n. Wireless telegraphy: as, a message by wireless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having no wires
  • n. transmission by radio waves
  • n. a communication system based on broadcasting electromagnetic waves
  • n. an electronic receiver that detects and demodulates and amplifies transmitted signals
  • n. medium for communication

Etymologies

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wire +‎ -less

Examples

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  • "Messages from Nome to the states went over three handlings: radio, telegraph, and submarine cable. The U.S. Signal Corps made several attempts to link Nome via a submarine cable across Norton Sound to St. Michael, but the constant shifting of the ice across the seabed floor repeatedly carried the cable out to sea. With no other option available, the Corps turned to the relatively new technology of 'wireless telegraphy'; it built 200-foot towers at each end of Norton Sound, 133 miles apart, and successfully made Nome a part of the system. The radio link, however, was not without its own temporary problems. A blizzard in 1904 tore the roof off the station on the Nome side, filling the room up with snow and killing the fire in the potbelly stove that kept the operators warm. In a matter of seconds the temperature inside the station dropped to nearly 70 below and the water in the 6-horsepower gasoline engine that ran the generator froze, cracking the cylinder."

    --Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury, The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race against an Epidemic (NY and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2003), 19n

    January 24, 2017

  • Sounds like the letters Y R L S.

    May 17, 2008

  • "To send or communicate by wireless telegraphy; also, to send a wireless message to (a person). Colloq."

    December 14, 2006