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hardware

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noun hard·ware \ˈhärd-ˌwer\

Simple Definition of hardware

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hardware

  1. 1 :  ware (as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal

  2. 2 :  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)

  3. 3 :  an award (as a trophy, medal, or cup) given in a sports competition

Examples of hardware in a sentence

  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>



Circa 1515

First Known Use of hardware

circa 1515

Other Hardware Terms


HARDWARE Defined for Kids

hardware

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noun hard·ware \ˈhärd-ˌwer\

Definition of hardware for Students

  1. 1 :  things (as tools, cutlery, or parts of machines) made of metal

  2. 2 :  equipment or parts used for a particular purpose <The computer system needs hardware such as monitors and keyboards.>





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