hardwired

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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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.”
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