Meaning of wire service

wire' serv"ice

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a business organization that gathers news, news photos, the latest stock-market prices, etc., for distribution, usually by teletypewriter, to its subscribers, esp. newspapers: so called from the original transmission of news by telegraph wire.
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