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

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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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Uber also has plans to create their own hardware, but Dookeran couldn’t share any additional details. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber launches electric scooter service," 3 Oct. 2018 Microsoft’s Surface devices have been showcases—computers made with premium materials that have sleek designs intended to highlight the capabilities of the Windows operating system and spark creativity among its hardware partners. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft Adds a Lower-Cost Tablet in Challenge to Apple’s iPad," 9 July 2018 That could have been a morale killer for VMWare employees and hurt its critical relationships with hardware partners that compete with Dell. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger May Be the Big Winner in Dell's Reorg," 3 July 2018 Expect Qualcomm to announce at least one hardware partner to ship a Snapdragon 850 PC by the holidays, Nunes said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 PC chip boosts performance, pushes battery life to a new high," 4 June 2018 Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a briefing outside Moscow on Wednesday aimed at exhibiting some of the weapon’s hardware. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "As U.S. Nuclear Pact Hangs in the Balance, Russia Makes Last-Gasp Bid to Keep It Alive," 23 Jan. 2019 On the more flashy and dangerous end, hackers were able to give cranes completely fabricated commands and could even do so remotely so long as a small piece of hardware to relay the nefarious instructions was hidden somewhere on the scene. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Industrial Cranes Are Disturbingly Hackable," 16 Jan. 2019 Instead, a combination of hardware is used with different machines separating out specific classes of material. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 But even that grand display of military hardware from the Gulf War didn't seem to be what Trump had in mind. Anne Flaherty, Fox News, "How Trump's big military parade evaporated into thin air," 17 Aug. 2018

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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 \

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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