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 Door style, paint color, hardware, and decorations all work together to create an overall scene. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 Decades of underinvesting in technology - hardware, software, training and compensation - set the stage. Paige Francis, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Features like Auto HDR will bring high dynamic range to PCs with the supported hardware, as well as DirectStorage, which stores data directly on graphics cards for faster access and therefore faster speeds. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 15 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, Scaringe and his team continued to toil, shifting their focus to trucks and utility vehicles and perfecting the marque’s hardware, software and business model. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2021 Our work depends on this digital production, which requires the near constant maintenance of software, hardware, program licensing and servers. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 This powerful new pro workflow is enabled by the new camera hardware, advanced video encoders and decoders in A15 Bionic, and flash storage pipeline. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 17 Sep. 2021 The company’s hardware, genetic rescue and species restoration departments are in Dallas, while its core software is in Austin. Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 Buying them, selling them, coordinating armadas of hardware, manpower and logistics. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Hardware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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