wiry


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wiry \Wir"y\, a. [Written also wiery.]
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   1. Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire.
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   2. Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy; as, a wiry frame or
      constitution. "A little wiry sergeant of meek demeanor and
      strong sense." --Dickens.
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            He bore his age well, and seemed to retain a wiry
            vigor and alertness.                  --Hawthorne.
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