Meaning of HARDWARE in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

1. : ware (as fittings, trimmings, cutlery, tools, parts of machines and appliances, metal building equipment, utensils) made of metal


a. : firearms

while the men spoke politely … most of them wore hardware — American Guide Series: Arizona

riding up with plenty of hardware in sight — F.B.Gipson

b. : metal items of military equipment for combat use (as ships, guns, tanks, airplanes, and their parts) and major support items (as trucks, jeeps, radar)

II. noun

: the physical components (as electronic and electrical devices) of a vehicle (as a spacecraft) or an apparatus (as a computer) ; broadly : the equipment employed in an activity or undertaking

educational hardware

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