hard-wired

hard-wired

[hahrd-wahyuhrd]
adjective
1.
Computers.
a.
built into a computer's hardware and thus not readily changed.
b.
(of a terminal) connected to a computer by a direct circuit rather than through a switching network.
2.
(of electrical or electronic components) connected by hardwiring.
3.
pertaining to or being an intrinsic and relatively unmodifiable behavior pattern: Every cricket has a hard-wired pattern of chirps.
Also, hardwired.


Origin:
1970–75

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hard-wired
 
adj
1.  (of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software
2.  (of human behaviour) innate; not learned: humans have a hard-wired ability for acquiring language

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hard-wired definition


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]
(1999-10-18)

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