(redirected from wispy)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.


a flock of birds, esp snipe


["An Experiment with a Self-Compiling Compiler for a Simple List-Processing Language", M.V. Wilkes, Ann Rev Automatic Programming 4:1-48. (1964)].


(Wireless ISP) An Internet service provider (ISP) that transmits wireless. Using WiMAX and other radio technologies, WISPs generally provide "last mile" connectivity directly to homes and businesses where DSL and cable services are not available.

Mobile Wireless
Carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are technically "mobile WISPs;" however they are generally called "cellular carriers" or "mobile carriers."

Fixed Wireless
In contrast, "fixed wireless WISPs" mount antennas on tall buildings with line of sight to their customers or to other antennas that relay the signals around obstacles. WISPs became popular in rural and outlying areas, because they were the only high-speed Internet connection available; however, they are increasingly being deployed in urban areas competing with the giant ISPs.

Companies use WISPs for regular Internet access as well as for backup in case their wired connection fails. See WiMAX, ISP, fixed wireless, Clearwire, WISPr and 802.11.

netBlazr 5-Star Service in Boston
Providing Internet access to residences, apartment houses and commercial buildings, netBlazr features performance at reasonable prices. These antennas, which receive line-of-sight signals in the 5 GHz band, are installed by the company and plug directly into the user's computer or network. (Images courtesy of netBlazr, www.netblazr.com)
References in periodicals archive ?
The report was issued as investigations into WiSpy -- in which Google Street View cars gathered communications from private WiFi networks in 30 countries - continued to mount.
According to a report in Discovery News, a magnetic field may be helping the wispy Local Fluff to remain intact.
Wispy said: "Scott has done well for Celtic but has not played that well for Australia although I still think he'll make their World Cup squad.
Firstly, cut back any long, wispy side shoots of wisteria that were produced towards the end of last summer, leaving two or three buds at the base of each one - this helps to develop flowering spurs over the years and can be done again in July.
WITH their wispy plumes of tiny, starry flowers, these hardy perennials are an elegant, textural addition to any garden.
The suspect is white, in his late teens, 5ft 9in tall, pale, with wispy facial hair, slim with a Cardiff accent.
Sometimes called fern asparagus on account of its wispy mien, this plant is not sold at nurseries but finds its way into most gardens.
This soft, wispy evergreen grass has been one of the highlights of this year's flower shows, appearing in many planting schemes to add texture and movement to colourful borders.
All that manscaping was done to embody Kitten, the Irish transvestite with a wispy voice but steely resolve to find the mother who abandoned him in Neil Jordan's new film Breakfast on Pluto.
Plus their see-through wispy growth and swaying flowers take on a magical quality with a rind of frost.
To "complete the work," we might select illustrated ceramic tiles for our own merzbanks--Pernice's include miniature images of tigers, clouds, and wispy flowers--or fashion the (already decomposing) interconnecting prefab boards into improvisatory environments.