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 Three hundred twelve feet with just a hint of agitated brake hardware. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Camry TRD: Family Car or Track Star?," 14 Feb. 2020 Why not focus on changing the equation with software and network virtualization rather than hardware? WSJ, "Huawei’s Strategy Lures ’Em In and Binds Increases," 14 Feb. 2020 That's because most space startups are doing more hardcore rocket design and other hardware endeavors that fall outside of Andreessen's focus on Internet and software startups, says general partner Martin Casado. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Exclusive: Space Internet startup Astranis raises $90 million," 13 Feb. 2020 The only hardware addition is a camera built into the front bumper, says Ahsan Habib, an engineer with Telenav, the supplier of Cadillac’s new navi. Alex Davies, Wired, "With In-Car AR, Drivers Get a New View of the Road Ahead," 12 Feb. 2020 How much that depends on Valve's own hardware shortages is unclear. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Steam: Virtual reality’s biggest-ever jump in users happened last month," 12 Feb. 2020 Elastic Audio aims to do for sound what the modern GPU did for graphics - and thus become the core audio engine powering all projects, teams and hardware. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Techstars Music Announces 10 Tech Startups for 2020 Accelerator Program," 5 Feb. 2020 Inspired by the dark sky and nighttime ocean tides, this finish will bring depth to any room alongside light woods and silver hardware. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "Is a Quartz Countertop Surface Right for You?," 3 Feb. 2020 Get a bale of straw (not hay, which contains grass and weed seeds) at your local hardware or farm supply store. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Straw Bale Gardening Is Easier Than You Think—Here's What to Know," 30 Jan. 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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19 Feb 2020

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“Hardware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=hardwa01. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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