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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

hard-wired \hard"-wired"\, hard wired \hard" wired"\(h[aum]rd"w[imac]rd"), a. 1. (Computers) Contained within the circuitry of a computer or computer peripheral device, and not changeable by programming; -- of functions; as, error correction is hard-wired into the circuit of the disk drive, so it proceeds very rapidly. [PJC] 2. Connected by a continuous electrical wire, rather than through a switch; as, the air-conditioner was hard-wired into the wall circuit, so moving it would require an electrician. [PJC] 3. (Metaph.) Performed by an inborn pattern of neural circuits; instinctive; not learned; as, many bird songs are hard-wired, but some are learned. [PJC] People, as the cybernetic metaphor now has it, are "hard wired" to do good in order to enhance their own happiness. --Andrew Delbanco (New York Times Magazine, May 7, 2000; p. 46). [PJC]
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

hardwired adj. 1. In software, syn. for hardcoded. 2. By extension, anything that is not modifiable, especially in the sense of customizable to one's particular needs or tastes.