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 asa : military equipmentb : 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
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
First Known Use of hardware
HARDWARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hardware for English Language Learners
: things (such as tools or parts of machines) that are made of metal
: equipment used for a particular purpose; especially : computer equipment
HARDWARE Defined for Kids
Definition of hardware for Students
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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