transitive verbhard·wired, hard·wir·ing, hard·wires, or hard-wired or hard-wir·ing or hard-wires
- To connect (electronic components, for example) by electrical wires or cables.
- To implement (a capability) through logic circuitry that is permanently connected within a computer and therefore not subject to change by programming.
- a. To determine or put into effect by genetic inheritance: “It may be that certain orders of anxiety are hard-wired in us” ( Armand Schwerner )b. To provide with a response or capability by genetic inheritance: Humans are hardwired for speech.
(third-person singular simple present hardwires, present participle hardwiring, simple past and past participle hardwired)
- Alternative spelling of hard-wire.
hardwire - Computer Definition
- To physically wire components together to form a system or subsystem rather than using switches, plugs, or connectors. Early electromechanical key telephone systems (KTSs), for example, were hardwired and, therefore, both limited in feature content and highly inflexible. In contrast, contemporary electronic common control (ECC) systems are microprocessor-based, software-controlled, and, therefore, easily upgradeable and highly flexible. See also ECC, KTS, and software.
- To build a function into a system with hardware, rather than software. Hardwired logic is fixed, i.e., inflexible, and cannot be reprogrammed. See also hardware and software.