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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
First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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also hardwired, 1969, in computing; transferred to human brains from 1971; from hard + wired.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hardwired in Culture

hardwired definition

In computer jargon, a circuit is hardwired if it is built to perform a specific function and requires no outside instructions or program.

Note: “Hardwired” is often used loosely to refer to functions that are innate and unlearned in living systems: “The ability to perceive objects in a certain way appears to be hardwired into the brains of mammals.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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