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hardware

Noun

1 major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
2 instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal [syn: ironware]
3 (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system [syn: computer hardware] [ant: software]

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈhɑːdˌwɛə/, /"hA:d%wE@/
  • (US) /ˈhɑɹdˌwɛɚ/, /"hArd%wE@`/

Noun

  1. Metal implements.
  2. Firearm.
  3. Electronic equipment.
  4. The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.
    • 1952: Hardware is the generally accepted colloquism for anything inside a computer other than an engineer. — Binary Arithmetic, R.L. Michaelson, in The Incorporated Statistician, vol. 3, no. 1 (Feb. 1952), pp 35-40.
  5. Fixtures, equipment, tools and devices used for general purpose construction and repair of a structure or object . Also such equipment as sold as stock by a store of the same name, e.g. hardware store.
    He needed a hammer, nails, screws, nuts, bolts and other assorted hardware, so he went to the hardware store.

Related terms

Translations

Metal implements
Firearm
  • Czech: zbraň
  • Danish: våben
  • Finnish: tuliase
Electronic equipment
The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification
Fixtures, equipment, tools and devices used for general purpose construction and repair of a structure or object

See also

Extensive Definition

Hardware is a general term that refers to the physical artifacts of a technology. It may also mean the physical components of a computer system, in the form of computer hardware.
Hardware historically meant the metal parts and fittings that were used to make wooden products stronger, more functional, longer lasting and easier to fabricate or assemble. In modern usage it includes equipment such as keys, locks, hinges, latches, corners, handles, wire, chains, plumbing supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts, especially when they are made of metal. In the United States, this type of hardware has been traditionally sold in hardware stores, a term also used to a lesser extent in the UK.
In a more colloquial sense, hardware can refer to major items of military equipment, such as tanks, aircraft or ships.
In slang, the term refers to trophies and other physical representations of awards.
hardware in Danish: Isenkram
hardware in Spanish: Hardware
hardware in French: Matériel
hardware in Luxembourgish: Hardware
hardware in Norwegian: Jernvare
hardware in Slovak: Hardvér
hardware in Thai: ฮาร์ดแวร์
hardware in Yiddish: הארדוועיר

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

appliances, armaments, arms, brassware, chinaware, clayware, components, computer, computer hardware, computer unit, copperware, devices, dinnerware, durable goods, durables, earthenware, electronic brain, electronic computer, enamelware, fixtures, flatware, glassware, graniteware, hard goods, hollow ware, housefurnishings, housewares, information machine, ironmongery, ironware, kitchenware, machinery, materiel, metalware, munitions, ovenware, silverware, sporting goods, stoneware, tableware, thinking machine, tinware, tools, tools and machinery, white goods, woodenware
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