One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Surrounded or enclosed by wire, in the form of fencing or mesh.
2Incorporated into or connected to a device or system by electric wires, frequently for the purpose of performing a specific or unchangeable function.
3Designating behaviour and activity that is innate or is determined by innate and unchanging neural pathways; of or relating to such behaviour.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Poultry Chronicle. From wired + in, after to wire in.
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