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

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The quarterback, coach Bill Belichick and several players eagerly showed off their new hardware online. Jenna West, SI.com, "Patriots Receive Super Bowl Rings and Show Us That They're 'Still Here'," 7 June 2019 Trade between the two hit $100 billion last year, with major transactions and cooperation projects in military hardware, energy, transportation, agriculture, aviation and space. Washington Post, "Amid trade war, China’s Xi talks up economy, heads to Moscow," 5 June 2019 The couple, who tied the knot last September in a secret courthouse ceremony, were seen shopping at Cartier, the luxury jewelry house, over Memorial Day weekend and just debuted their new hardware to the world. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Wear Their Wedding Bands for the First Time," 4 June 2019 But make no mistake, the Echo Spot is a more capable device both in hardware and software. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Smart Clock review: A small smart display that doesn’t display much," 3 June 2019 PCIe 5's arrival date in actual PC hardware is anyone's guess. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The PCI Express 5.0 spec will bring 128 gigabytes per second to your PC, someday," 30 May 2019 Smith also swapped out her hardware (and, coincidentally also used Rejuvenation pulls, these ones leather). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Designers' Secrets for Maximizing a Home, Even When Your Budget is Minimal," 22 May 2019 Her most recent hardware came from the 2019 World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor, hosted in March in Torun, Poland. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Flo Filion Meiler, the 84-Year-Old Track and Field Athlete With Over 775 Medals," 26 Apr. 2019 Some of the metal shows signs of corrosion, while in some places hardware, particularly navigation lights, appear missing. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Albania’s Underground Air Force Doesn’t Look So Good," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of hardware

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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