American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To connect (electronic components, for example) by electrical wires or cables.
- v. To implement (a capability) through logic circuitry that is permanently connected within a computer and therefore not subject to change by programming.
- v. To determine or put into effect by physiological or neurological mechanisms; make automatic or innate: "It may be that certain orders of anxiety are hard-wired in us” ( Armand Schwerner).
“He urges her to "hard-wire" make permanent a selection process for the next IMF chief and key staff members that is based on merit rather than nationality.”
“Of the 180 or so new coal belchers that Dick Cheney tried to hard-wire into America's future, 153 have been blocked or abandoned, Only 22 escaped and are being built.”
“Photo: AP The only long-term fix that can save the euro, in the Germans' view, is to tighten collective control over national finances to hard-wire fiscal discipline.”
“To me, the answer is an unambiguous no, which is why we need to "hard-wire" more of the regulatory framework.”
“He could hard-wire his search technology directly into iPhones and iPads, giving him an advantage that Microsoft didn't enjoy as it competes on PCs with its own search engine, Bing.”
“Unless we "hard-wire" stronger regulations into our system, regulatory failure can -- and will -- happen again.”
“That 50% is room for growth, an advantage that is a boon to these two “Great Streets” that seem to hard-wire our city in the east-to-west direction north of 33rd.”
“But now that we live in the comparatively safer 21st century, this negativity-seeking hard-wire insures that we emphasize the troubles and worries in our life, rather than focusing on the good things.”
“When you're feeling gratitude, you'll literally have a better day than if you let your negativity hard-wire be in charge all the time.”
“I headed home to the Castle Nightwine cottage, where my laptop worked without a hard-wire connection, thanks to whatever resident unseen elves or brownies of the Internet hung around the place.”
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