Meaning of hot-wire


Pronunciation: ('wīr''wīr&sec), [key]
— v., adj. -wired, -wir•ing,
  1. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
  1. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.
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