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 Food, hardware supplies, and household items require a host of ancillary services prior to the customer purchasing them at a store. Theo Melancon, City Manager, Houston Chronicle, "Letter to the Editor: City manager promoting public health to save lives," 28 Mar. 2020 The city of 11 million people serves as a major transportation hub and is home to hundreds of factories supplying car parts and other hardware to global supply chains. Jonathan Watts And Niko Kommenda, Wired, "The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution," 28 Mar. 2020 Both require specific technology and hardware to be embedded within mobile networks, and operators can be compelled by governments to allow that. Hadas Gold, CNN, "How governments are using text alerts to fight the coronavirus pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 That suspension hardware has been retuned for the GT to provide more travel, and McLaren has backed off the GT's spring and damping rates to soften its ride a little. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 McLaren GT Is Still Very Much a McLaren," 26 Mar. 2020 From a hardware standpoint, the new iPad Pro isn’t wildly different from the previous version that debuted back in 2018. Popular Science, "iPad Pro Review: Closer than ever to replacing your laptop," 25 Mar. 2020 The Defense Production Act is routinely used by the Pentagon to prioritize contracts and buy military hardware, according to the Congressional Research Service. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "The Defense Production Act Gives the President Power — but Not Much Funding," 25 Mar. 2020 Roughly half of the tech giant’s revenue comes from IT outsourcing, mainframe and operating system software, and hardware support. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Tech Service Providers Face Bleak Post-Coronavirus Future," 24 Mar. 2020 This is where hardware comes into play rather than pure bandwidth. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Will Coronavirus Crash the Internet?," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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“Hardware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware. Accessed 8 Apr. 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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