Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday June 7, 2011
1. Finely spun; extremely intricate; minute.
2. Drawn out long and thin like a wire.
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
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."