From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wiredraw \Wire"draw`\, v. t. [imp. Wiredrew; p. p.
   Wiredrawn; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiredrawing.]
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   1. To form (a piece of metal) into wire, by drawing it
      through a hole in a plate of steel.
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   2. Hence, to draw by art or violence.
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            My sense has been wiredrawn into blasphemy.
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   3. Hence, also, to draw or spin out to great length and
      tenuity; as, to wiredraw an argument.
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            Such twisting, such wiredrawing, was never seen in a
            court of justice.                     --Macaulay.
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   4. (Steam Engine) To pass, or to draw off, (as steam) through
      narrow ports, or the like, thus reducing its pressure or
      force by friction.
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