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Definition: wire wrap

An early method of wiring circuit boards to each other. The boards were plugged into a backplane that contained metal prongs, which were wired together using a special tool. The tool stripped the end of the wire and coiled it around the prong. Thousands of computers were made with wire-wrapped methods.

Wire Wrapping
The technician in this picture is wiring circuits together using the wire wrap tool. (Image courtesy of Digital Equipment Corporation.)