[hahrd-wahyuh rd] /ˈhɑrdˈwaɪərd/
(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.
(of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software
(of human behaviour) innate; not learned: humans have a hard-wired ability for acquiring language
also hardwired, 1969, in computing; transferred to human brains from 1971; from hard + wired.
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.”
Determined by innate brain functions; not a matter of choice: These individuals seem hard-wired only to show up at work, do their task and leave with a paycheck/ We’re hard-wired to be social creatures
[1970s+; fr the definiteness of an actual wired connection in a computer, as distinct from something depending on a program]
[hahrd-wahyuh r-ing] /ˈhɑrdˈwaɪər ɪŋ/ noun 1. a fixed connection between electrical and electronic components and devices by means of wires (as distinguished from a wireless connection). 2. Computers. a hard-wired connection between electronic components within a computer system.
noun 1. Aeronautics. an uncontrolled or rough landing by an aircraft or spacecraft, usually resulting in damage. 2. Economics. an economic downturn or recession after a period of strong demand and expansion. noun 1. a landing by a rocket or spacecraft in which the vehicle is destroyed on impact 2. a sharp fall into recession […]
[hahrd-leyd] /ˈhɑrdˈleɪd/ adjective 1. describing a rope the lay of which is at a relatively great angle to its axis; short-laid.
- Hard labour
noun 1. (criminal law) (formerly) the penalty of compulsory physical labour imposed in addition to a sentence of imprisonment: abolished in England in 1948