Definition of Hardware

1. Noun. Major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile).

2. Noun. Instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal.
Exact synonyms: Ironware
Generic synonyms: Instrumentality, Instrumentation

3. Noun. (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system.

Definition of Hardware

1. n. Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery.

Definition of Hardware

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. (informal) Equipment. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software. ¹

4. Noun. (technology) Electronic equipment. ¹

5. Noun. Metal implements. ¹

6. Noun. (slang) A firearm. ¹

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Definition of Hardware

1. metal goods [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hardware

1. The electronic component of a computer. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hardware

hardstem bulrush
hardstemmed bulrush
hardware (current term)
hardware cloth
hardware cloths
hardware description language
hardware description languages
hardware disease
hardware error
hardware store
hardware stores

Literary usage of Hardware

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Library, the School and the Child by Ralph Lester Power, John Whitehall Emery (1917)
"New England hardware Dealers' Association Library The New England hardware Dealers' Association, affiliated with the National Retail hardware Association, ..."

2. Art in Industry by Charles Russell Richards (1922)
"ORNAMENTAL BUILDERS' hardware Thirty or forty years ago in this country it was the universal custom to leave the selection of the hardware for a house to ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"WAKE- FIELD hardware CO. (Supreme Court of North Carolina. April 10, 1904. ... In this case the plaintiff has sued the hardware company for ..."

4. 1795-1895. One Hundred Years of American Commerce ...: A History of American by Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1895)
"Prior to that, the American hardware trade was but in its swaddling-clothes, ... hardware is very comprehensive, for, at the present time, ..."

5. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1909)
"All the hardware on the first floor, except kitchen and service portion, ... The hardware of the second floor is to be of steel, in plain design and finish. ..."

6. Adult Literacy And New Technologies: Tools For A Lifetime by Office of Technology Assessment (1994)
"The scenarios assume continuing advances in hardware, software, and networking ... hardware Advances The scenarios assume that current trends in ..."

7. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1915)
"To help determine the first point, hardware is usually stamped or marked so that the architect can tell the make at a glance, but a great deal of hardware ..."

8. A History of American Manufactures from 1608 to 1860 by Edwin Troxell Freedley, John Leander Bishop, Edward Young (1866)
"At that time there was but one hardware store in the country of one hundred ... The number of articles of domestic hardware, kept or to be obtained by the ..."

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