hardware
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhɑːdˌwɛə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhɑɹdˌwɛɹ/
Noun

hardware (uncountable)

  1. 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.
  2. (informal) Equipment.
    military hardware
  3. (computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.
    • 1952, "Binary Arithmetic", R.L. Michaelson, in The Incorporated Statistician, vol. 3, no. 1 (Feb. 1952), pp 35-40.
      Hardware is the generally accepted colloquism for anything inside a computer other than an engineer.
  4. (technology) Electronic equipment.
  5. Metal implements.
  6. (slang) A firearm.
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  • Russian: оборудование
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  • Russian: аппарату́ра
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