Meaning of HARDWARE in English

HARDWARE

n.

Pronunciation: ' härd- ˌ wer

Function: noun

Date: circa 1515

1 : ware (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 >: as a : military equipment b : the physical components (as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (as a computer)

3 : an award (as a trophy, medal, or cup) given in a sports competition

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