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

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 Raibert said that’s because the region has lots of people who can not only write code but also build good hardware. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2022 Leakers have already revealed Apple's controversial iPhone 14 release strategy, and now Apple itself has accidentally exposed its next big hardware upgrades. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Steve SatushekGetty Images Save yourself the time of cutting materials yourself and head to your local lumber or hardware store. Janaya Wecker, Country Living, 13 May 2022 History tells us that while the supreme athletes are cooler to watch, the minds are winning hardware. Stephen Means, cleveland, 13 May 2022 That said, it’s not necessarily faulty hardware that’s causing the problems. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 May 2022 As a result, tomorrow's winner will not only have bragging rights over the other, but also some hardware to fill its trophy cases with. Drew Schott, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Russia is being forced to scavenge for components from home appliances in order to keep its military hardware functioning. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 13 May 2022 Another of his cautions: When hardware is embedded in the door and humidity causes woodwork to contract and expand, the door might stick or bulge out slightly. Alice Welsh Doyle, WSJ, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hardware

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hardware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hardware


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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