hard-wired

or hard·wired

[hahrd-wahyuh rd]
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adjective

Computers.
  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
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hard-wired

adjective

(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
adj.

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

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