Definitions for hardwareˈhɑrdˌwɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


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

  2. the mechanical equipment necessary for conducting an activity.

  3. weapons and combat equipment.

    Category: Computers, Military

  4. the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical devices composing a computer system

    Category: Computers

    Ref: (disting. from software 1 ).

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hardware(noun)

    major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)

  2. hardware, ironware(noun)

    instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal

  3. hardware, computer hardware(noun)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hardware(noun)ˈhɑrdˌwɛər

    computer equipment, not computer programs

    We specialize in fixing hardware problems.

  2. hardwareˈhɑrdˌwɛər

    tools or equipment for the home

    a hardware store


  1. hardware(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.

    He needed a hammer, nails, screws, nuts, bolts and other assorted hardware, so he went to the hardware store.

  2. hardware(Noun)


    military hardware

  3. hardware(Noun)

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

  4. hardware(Noun)

    Electronic equipment.

  5. hardware(Noun)

    Metal implements.

  6. hardware(Noun)

    A firearm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hardware(noun)

    ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery


  1. Household hardware

    Household hardware, or simply, hardware, is a general term for equipment that can be touched/held by hand such as screws, nuts, washers, keys, locks, hinges, latches, handles, wire, chains, belts, plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts. Household hardware is typically sold in hardware stores.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hardware' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4441

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hardware' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4252

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hardware' in Nouns Frequency: #1790

Translations for hardware

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


metal goods such as pots, tools etc

This shop sells hardware.

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