- built into a computer's hardware and thus not readily changed.
- (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
First recorded in 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for hard-wired
We also have a growing body of biological research showing that fathers, like mothers, are hard-wired to care for children.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Democrats are never going to win back the white working class; at this point the cultural politics are just too hard-wired.The Real Reason Democrats Lost
November 6, 2014
Hard-wired into the psyche of many is the idea that somehow time off is akin to sloth.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
And of course there is the gene, that hard-wired Calvinist gateway to gloomy fate.Could Tylenol Cause ADHD?
February 25, 2014
Perhaps compose a fiction about hard-wired fictionalizing, a fiction that reminds readers of their synaptic deceptions.The Brain Man: What is E. L. Doctorow Up to?
January 13, 2014
Indeed, successful action was seen as a result of logic, hard-wired as part of the biological endowment.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- (of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software
- (of human behaviour) innate; not learnedhumans have a hard-wired ability for acquiring language
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Word Origin and History for hard-wired
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