hard·​ware | \ ˈhärd-ˌwer How to pronounce hardware (audio) \

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

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Examples of hardware in a Sentence

She bought some new hardware for her system. gathered together the hardware needed to set up a first aid station at the finish line for the marathon
Recent Examples on the Web Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Avangard in March 2018, along with a slew of other weapons designed to maintain Russia’s edge in military hardware. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Hypersonic Weapon Flies at Mach 27," 30 Dec. 2019 In any case, the authors continued to whittle their list down, eliminating 200 objects because of dead pixels in some telescope hardware and a large number where the star is actually present in both old and new images but is slightly offset. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Finding stars that vanished—by scouring old photos," 24 Dec. 2019 Neurio, founded in 2005, developed hardware and software systems to help manage and operation powers systems, include solar and batteries. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Generac moves toward clean-energy option for homes," 24 Dec. 2019 Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. Fortune, "China Could Replace 20 Million Computers in 3 Years as Beijing Pushes to Wean Itself Off Foreign Tech," 9 Dec. 2019 Paper leaf bags are commonly found at hardware and grocery stores. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 9 Dec. 2019 The model bills would force manufacturers to make the necessary manuals, hardware and software available for consumers –– or repair shops like Hoshur’s –– to fix all kinds of products, from phones to tractors. USA Today, "Puppies, phones and porn: How model legislation affects consumers’ lives," 20 Nov. 2019 The foundation says 65,000 people, mostly tourists, visit each year to see shelves and bins of old hardware and shop for the modern art, gifts and other items for sale today. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Historic Harrison Brothers Hardware getting a window treatment," 14 Nov. 2019 To get more control over the phone, Steve Jobs negotiated with what was then known as Cingular —now AT&T Wireless — for an exclusive deal in exchange for an unusual amount of autonomy in hardware and software design. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "The Apple Card is just a credit card (and not a particularly special one)," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hardware

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hardware was in the 15th century

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8 Jan 2020

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“Hardware.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce hardware (audio)

English Language Learners 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


hard·​ware | \ ˈhärd-ˌwer How to pronounce hardware (audio) \

Kids Definition of hardware

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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