hard·​wired | \ ˈhärd-ˌwī(-ə)rd How to pronounce hardwired (audio) \

Definition of hardwired

1 : implemented in the form of permanent electronic circuits also : connected or incorporated by or as if by permanent electrical connections a hardwired phone concepts of attractiveness may be universal and hardwired into the human brain — Jane E. Brody
2 : genetically or innately determined : inborn creature whose every action is a reflexive, hardwired response— Natalie Angier also : genetically or innately predisposed a human being who is hardwired to be sociable Forbes

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a cat with a hardwired compulsion to knock expensive knickknacks off of shelves

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Many times faster than current cell service, 5G could outstrip even the fastest home broadband currently available from hardwired providers. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "5G is coming soon, bringing more internet choices, faster speeds," 22 May 2018 And among the reasons those billions remain unconnected is the lack of access to cheap, reliable electricity and energy infrastructure to power devices and a similar lack of hardwired or wireless connection to the web. David Guston, Slate Magazine, "The Curse of the Halfway Technology," 17 Oct. 2017 As the system isn't integrated with the vehicle at all—there's no OBD2 port required or anything else that could be a vector from the Internet into your car's hardwired network—those alerts are merely audio and visual. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Can cellphones handle vehicle-to-vehicle comms better than radio networks?," 31 July 2017 My tardiness stemmed from kidly shame, that universally hardwired capacity to negate anything if enough people your size tease you about it for long enough. Jeb Lund, Esquire, "My Mom Was My Best Friend, and I Was Kind of a Dick," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of hardwired

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hardwired was in 1965

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English Language Learners Definition of hardwired

: having permanent electronic circuits and connections

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