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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

wiredrawn

\WAH-yuhr-drawn\ , adjective;
1.
Finely spun; extremely intricate; minute.
2.
Drawn out long and thin like a wire.
Quotes:
I am aware that many educators consider such reading foolish and harmful, but I care nothing for wiredrawn pedagogic theories.
-- Hamlin Garland, Keith Newlin, A Daughter of the Middle Border
When his right arm rises, all the force in his veins flows straight from shoulder to fingertips; not an ounce is diverted into sudden impulses, sentimental regrets, wiredrawn distinctions.
-- Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room
Origin:
Wiredrawn is a back-formation from the verb to wiredraw, "to draw (metal) out into wire, especially by pulling forcibly through a series of holes of gradually decreasing diameter."
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