Definition of hardwire in English:



[with object]
  • 1Make (a function) a permanent feature in a computer by means of permanently connected circuits, so that it cannot be altered by software.

    ‘the rate at which the supply of bitcoins grows is hardwired into the system’
    as adjective hardwired ‘hardwired microprocessors only execute code; they themselves are not programmable’
    • ‘In electronic jargon we can imagine that it is a hard-wired input - output circuit.’
    • ‘Once you see the wireless network as your platform, rather than a specific hard-wired device like the PC, all sorts of things become possible.’
    • ‘The confluence of the convention, various interest groups and the debut of the hard-wired interconnect in Philadelphia has led to an unexpected amount of political advertising for Comcast over the past few months.’
    • ‘He dismissed claims from ServGate that NetScreen's hardware lacks flexibility, pointing out that its appliances feature programmable RISC processors as well as hard-wired ASICs.’
    • ‘For those who prefer a hard-wired connection, it's got a Gigabit Ethernet port.’
    1. 1.1Connect (electrical parts) permanently.
      ‘you can use the alligator clips, or hardwire the unit in and mount it’
      as adjective hardwired ‘new houses must have hardwired smoke detectors’
  • 2Make (a pattern of behaviour or belief) standard or instinctive.

    ‘it takes about three weeks for a new habit to be hardwired in your brain’
    as adjective hardwired ‘a hardwired sense of morality’