noun hard·ware \ˈhärd-ˌwer\

: things (such as tools or parts of machines) that are made of metal

: equipment used for a particular purpose; especially : computer equipment

Full Definition of HARDWARE

:  ware (as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal
:  major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose <educational hardware>: as
a :  military equipment
b :  the physical components (as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (as a computer)
:  an award (as a trophy, medal, or cup) given in a sports competition

Examples of HARDWARE

  1. She bought some new hardware for her system.
  2. <gathered together the hardware needed to set up a first aid station at the finish line for the marathon>

First Known Use of HARDWARE

circa 1515

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang
HARDWARE Defined for Kids


noun hard·ware \ˈhärd-ˌwer\

Definition of HARDWARE for Kids

:  things (as tools, cutlery, or parts of machines) made of metal
:  equipment or parts used for a particular purpose <The computer system needs hardware such as monitors and keyboards.>


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