Pronunciation: (härd'wīurd'),[key] —adj. 1. Computers. a. built into a computer's hardware and thus not readily changed.
b. (of a terminal) connected to a computer by a direct circuit rather than through a switching network.
2. (of electrical or electronic components) connected by hardwiring.
3. pertaining to or being an intrinsic and relatively unmodifiable behavior pattern: Every cricket has a hard-wired pattern of chirps.