1. The act of attaching, connecting, or installing electric wires.
2. A system of electric wires.
3. A part of the body's physiology or neurology that determines or controls something, such as a capability or disorder: "Evolution, having made the basic computational units of language innate, may have seen no need to replace every bit of learned information with innate wiring" (Steven Pinker).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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