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definition of: WIRE

What is WIRE?

WIRE refers to CONDUCTORS.

Conductors are anything in which electricity easily passes, such as copper wire.

Conductors are sort of analogous to garden hoses as they allow you to pipe electricity exactly where you need it. Unfortunately conductors are more like "leaky" garden hoses as they aren't very efficient and leak energy all over the place (in the form of heat).

The colder a conductor, the better it conducts (less energy leaks out). The longer and thinner the conductor, the less efficient. For most efficiency, keep your conducts thick and short.

Most metals are conductors.

Some metals conduct better than others.

Silver is the best conductor, copper is the second best, and gold is the third best.

Gold doesn't tarnish, so it is sometimes thinly plated on connectors to help prevent connectors from corroding, as corroded metal is a very poor conductor.

Wire made up of many small strands, conducts much better than a solid wire of same diameter.

Opposite of a conductor is an insulator.

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