To lengthen out or extend any book, letter, or discourse.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Wire"draw` (?), v. t. [imp. Wiredrew (?); p. p. Wiredrawn (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wiredrawing.]


To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it through a hole in a plate of steel.


Hence, to draw by art or violence.

My sense has been wiredrawn into blasphemy. Dryden.


Hence, also, to draw or spin out to great length and tenuity; as, to wiredraw an argument.

Such twisting, such wiredrawing, was never seen in a court of justice. Macaulay.

4. Steam Engine

To pass, or to draw off, (as steam) through narrow ports, or the like, thus reducing its pressure or force by friction.


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