1. Equipped with a system of wires, as for electric, telephone, cable television, or computer network connections.
2. Equipped with hidden electronic eavesdropping devices: a wired hotel room.
a. Reinforced or supported by wires.
b. Tied or bound up with wire: wired bundles of newspaper.
4. Genetically determined; hardwired.
5. Slang Very stimulated or excited, as from a stimulant or a rush of adrenaline.
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