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1. (of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software
2. (of human behaviour) innate; not learned
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Having a fixed wired program or control system built in by the manufacturer and not subject to change by programming.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An aspect of an electronic circuit which is determined by the wiring of the hardware, as opposed to being programmable in software or controlled by a switch.
In software, a synonym for hard-coded.
By extension, anything that is not modifiable, especially in the sense of customisable to one's particular needs or tastes.
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