hard·​ware ˈhärd-ˌwer How to pronounce hardware (audio)
: ware (such as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal
: major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose
educational hardware
: such as
: military equipment
: the physical components (such as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (such as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (such as a computer)
: 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 The rest of the hardware range from high end to surprisingly average. Ben Sin, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Central to the $95 billion package has been the aid for Ukraine, a $60 billion allotment that would go largely to U.S. defense entities to manufacture missiles, munitions and other military hardware that is being sent to the battlefields in Ukraine. Lisa Mascaro and Stephen Groves The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 15 Feb. 2024 The internet lit up with all manner of pictures, videos, and memes both praising Apple’s first all-new hardware device in years, as well as poking fun at those wearing it. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Rizzo and Ferris believe their chip shows off a template for open-source hardware development that other collaborations will replicate. IEEE Spectrum, 13 Feb. 2024 Regardless, without some public commitment to future hardware, Microsoft could have a problem. Tom Warren, The Verge, 12 Feb. 2024 There’s an optional motion base for an even more immersive experience, and Trak Racer’s programmers will optimize the hardware and software to fit your game preferences. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2024 The absence of NPUs from those kinds of high-volume systems means that NPUs will remain relatively niche, and software adoption tends to follow hardware adoption—if developers can't assume that most systems will have an NPU, there's less incentive to try to support them. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 While battery-swapping revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 is up 10% year on year, the company’s hardware sales slumped 19% over the same period. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


hard·​ware ˈhär-ˌdwa(ə)r How to pronounce hardware (audio)
: articles (as fittings, cutlery, tools, utensils, or parts of machines) made of metal
: the equipment used for a particular purpose
computer hardware
military hardware

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