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 During the summer, changes to emergency procedures and issues regarding reliability of computer hardware prompted more studies and software tweaks. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Finds New Software Problem That Could Complicate 737 MAX’s Return," 17 Jan. 2020 Smart glasses pose a more interesting question about Apple’s future of hardware. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "Samsung’s Galaxy S20, an electric Hummer, and the rest of the current tech rumors," 14 Jan. 2020 In the Conexxus survey, more than half of participants cited a lack of available software for not having chip technology fully deployed, while about 15% pointed to a shortage of hardware. Fortune, "Visa and Mastercard Say No to Delaying Deadline for Gas Pump Chip Card Upgrades," 7 Jan. 2020 After adding a modem that could send and receive data across a phone line, Mr. Suess soldered together some additional hardware that could automatically restart the machine and then load Mr. Christiansen’s software whenever someone dialed in. New York Times, "Randy Suess, Computer Bulletin Board Inventor, Dies at 74," 20 Dec. 2019 Oversized knitwear is a great way to offset the boots' chunky silhouette, and a pop of hardware via a statement handbag polishes everything off perfectly. Erin Parker, Glamour, "5 Unexpected Combat Boot Outfits You’ll Want to Copy Immediately," 12 Nov. 2019 While Disney+ is leveraging a deal with Verizon, and Apple is giving away Apple TV+ with the purchase of new hardware, smaller services can forge their own deals. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where Do Niche Streamers Fit In a Sea of Services?," 7 Nov. 2019 Skimming credit cards is an old trick that requires an extra piece of hardware, which crooks have been known to install at gas stations or on ATMs. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, "Starting your holiday shopping online? Watch out for this hack that copies your card details in real time," 25 Oct. 2019 For Fat Head’s, taking home hardware from the GABF has become an annual ritual. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Fat Head’s, Market Garden win gold at 2019 Great American Beer Festival," 5 Oct. 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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

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