wiredraw

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.]

1.

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

2.

Hence, to draw by art or violence.

My sense has been wiredrawn into blasphemy. Dryden.

3.

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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