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Definition of "hardware" [hard•ware]

  • Metal goods and utensils such as locks, tools, and cutlery. (noun)
  • Computer Science A computer and the associated physical equipment directly involved in the performance of data-processing or communications functions. (noun)
  • Machines and other physical equipment directly involved in performing an industrial, technological, or military function. (noun)
  • Informal Weapons, especially military weapons. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hardware" in a sentence
  • "The option to run on * new* native hardware, hardware that does video overlays, that can support video decoding * in hardware* (remind me how good does a RISC PC or A9 do that?)."
  • "But it doesn't work out of the box on any hardware - it works out of the box * on mac hardware*."
  • "At end end of the day, i figured $13k To do it in hardware is a lot cheaper then using NLB and having to worry about storing hundreds of thousands of conncurrent connections."