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[hahrd-wahyuh rd] /ˈhɑrdˈwaɪərd/
  1. built into a computer's hardware and thus not readily changed.
  2. (of a terminal) connected to a computer by a direct circuit rather than through a switching network.
(of electrical or electronic components) connected by hardwiring.
pertaining to or being an intrinsic and relatively unmodifiable behavior pattern:
Every cricket has a hard-wired pattern of chirps.
Origin of hard-wired
1970-75 Unabridged
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(of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software
(of human behaviour) innate; not learned: humans have a hard-wired ability for acquiring language
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Word Origin and History for hard-wired

also hardwired, 1969, in computing; transferred to human brains from 1971; from hard + wired.

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Determined by innate brain functions; not a matter of choice: These individuals seem hard-wired only to show up at work, do their task and leave with a paycheck/ We're hard-wired to be social creatures

[1970s+; fr the definiteness of an actual wired connection in a computer, as distinct from something depending on a program]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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hard-wired in Technology

1. An aspect of an electronic circuit which is determined by the wiring of the hardware, as opposed to being programmable in software or controlled by a switch.
2. In software, a synonym for hard-coded.
3. By extension, anything that is not modifiable, especially in the sense of customisable to one's particular needs or tastes.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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