A metal strand, normally pliable.

Doubling of a wire′s cross sectional area halves its′ resistance.


A type of copper wire made up of numerous thin strands in distinction from solid wire. A common example is ordinary mains electric cable for household appliances.

Historical Notes

  1. 1300BC Fine wire made by the Egyptians by beating gold sheet and cutting it into strips.

See also: Circular Mil, Circular Mil Foot, Electrical Resistance, Heat Shrink Tubing, Kink Test, Lead, Magnet Wire, Minimum Bend Radius, Pliers, Side Cutters, Stranded Conductor, Two Wire Open Line, Two Wire Ribbon.

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Subjects: Electronics Mechanical Engineering