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  • n. Plural form of wireman.


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  • a number of these "wiremen" were engaged and instructed patiently in the rudiments of the new art by means of a blackboard and oral lessons.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions

  • Italians (20 have come to relieve our hands, the men we telegraphed for to Cagliari) hauling at the rope; wiremen, sailors, in the crevices left by ropes and machinery; everything that could swear swearing — I found myself swearing like a trooper at last.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • In other words it's a photo of about 30 hungover Marine radio operators and wiremen.

    All we need is Blog?

  • If it had been just the wiremen, the policewoman, and me, it would have been an easy one-act play.

    The Piano Teacher

  • They were expert “wiremen” on loan to us for “special assignments.”

    The Piano Teacher

  • The Electrical Workers 'Union, made up principally of inside wiremen, conducts apprentice classes taught by journeymen.

    Wage Earning and Education

  • That excited him less than the fact that the Turk and he were to spend the summer up north, in the hard-wheat country, stringing wire for the telephone company with a gang of Minneapolis wiremen.

    The Trail of the Hawk A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

  • The most available men for the purpose were, of course, those who had been accustomed to wiring for the simpler electrical systems then in vogue -- telephones, district-messenger calls, burglar alarms, house annunciators, etc., and a number of these ` ` wiremen '' were engaged and instructed patiently in the rudiments of the new art by means of a blackboard and oral lessons.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 1

  • L. Subramani of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions said that employees were seeking promotion of wiremen with 15 to 20 years experience to the post of Assistant Inspector

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • These training programmes will be short-term modules for enabling employment as masons, wiremen, electric workers, handpump mechanics and drivers to youth in Naxal-infested areas especially Bastar, as the state government is planning to get skilled men for proposed industrial projects in the region.

    Daily News & Analysis


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  • “How many people does it take to change every light bulb in Grand Central Terminal?

    Six, it turns out. And it’s a full-time job.

    On Tuesday, those wiremen — their official title — unscrewed the last remaining incandescent bulbs in the building, replacing them with compact fluorescent bulbs and completing the greening of the lighting system at the bustling station.�?

    The New York Times, At Grand Central, a Fluorescent Twist to a Light-Bulb Joke, by A.G. Sulzberger, April 28, 2009

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