open wire


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open wire

[′ō·pən ′wīr]
(electricity)
A conductor supported above the ground, separate from other conductors.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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