hardware

noun hard·ware \ ˈhärd-ˌwer \

Definition of hardware

1 :ware (such as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal
2 :major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose
  • educational hardware
: such as
a :military equipment
b :the physical components (such as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (such as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (such as a computer)
3 :an award (such 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

First Known Use of hardware

15th century

Other Hardware Terms


HARDWARE Defined for English Language Learners

hardware

noun

Definition of hardware for English Language Learners

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

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


HARDWARE Defined for Kids

hardware

noun hard·ware \ ˈhärd-ˌwer \

Definition of hardware for Students

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


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