Meaning of HARDWARE in English


/hahrd"wair'/ , n.

1. metalware, as tools, locks, hinges, or cutlery.

2. the mechanical equipment necessary for conducting an activity, usually distinguished from the theory and design that make the activity possible.

3. military weapons and combat equipment.

4. Slang. a weapon carried on one's person: The rougher types were asked to check their hardware at the door.

5. Computers. the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical devices comprising a computer system, as the CPU, disk drives, keyboard, or screen. Cf. software .

[ 1505-15; 1955-60 for def. 5; HARD + WARE 1 ]

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