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

Examples of hardwired in a Sentence

a cat with a hardwired compulsion to knock expensive knickknacks off of shelves
Recent Examples on the Web The most common reasons why smoke alarms fail to operate include missing or non-functional power sources, such as missing or disconnected batteries, dead batteries, disconnected hardwired alarms or other power issues. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 Avoid hardwired plugs; replacement could be problematic. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 23 Nov. 2020 Installation of a hardwired smoke detector can be done yourself or by a professional. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2020 This is enough to cover 5,000 square feet and all three nodes, or points, feature ethernet ports for a hardwired connection. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 2 Dec. 2019 Many times faster than current cell service, 5G could outstrip even the fastest home broadband currently available from hardwired providers. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, 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, 17 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hardwired

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hardwired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardwired. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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