What does hardware mean?

Definitions for hardware

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hardware.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hardwarenoun

    major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)

  2. hardware, ironwarenoun

    instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal

  3. hardware, computer hardwarenoun

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


  1. Hardwarenoun

    Any of the physical objects used in carrying out an activity, in contrast to the knowledge, skill, or theory required to perform the activity; mostly used collectively.

  2. Hardwarenoun

    Specifically: (Computers) The sum of all the physical objects, such as the electrical, mechanical, and electronic devices which comprise a computer system; as, the typical PC hardware suite consists of a mainboard and a number of peripherals such as hard drives and speakers, connected by adapter cards, but the input and output from users occurs mostly through the keyboard and monitor; contrasted with software, the programs executed by the computer.

  3. Hardwarenoun

    Specifically: (Military) The weapons, transport, and other physical objects used in conducting a war.

  4. Hardwarenoun

    (Slang) Weapons, especially handguns, carried on the person; as, check your hardware at the door before entering.


  1. hardwarenoun

    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. hardwarenoun


    military hardware

  3. hardwarenoun

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

  4. hardwarenoun

    Electronic equipment.

  5. hardwarenoun

    Metal implements.

  6. hardwarenoun

    A firearm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hardwarenoun

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

Editors Contribution

  1. hardware

    A computer and connected devices, equipment, technology and all elements of computer structures and systems.

    The hardware was simple to identify it had its own serial number.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hardware in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hardware in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hardware in a Sentence

  1. Will Wong:

    The development of HarmonyOS and HMS is fascinating. Nevertheless, this development will need hardware to deliver to the consumers. Thus, the biggest challenge is still coming from the chips supply disruption.

  2. Anil Ambani:

    As digitization of the Indian economy and Indian society picks up speed, the demand for digital hardware will grow enormously. We can not rely on large-scale imports, i clearly foresee India becoming a major hub for a state-of-the-art semiconductor industry.

  3. Bram Cohen:

    It involves completely normal hardware rather than super custom and expensive stuff, most people have some amount of unused storage space they can do it with already.

  4. Kathy Leuders:

    This is the time where you've got to rest and get ready to fly and still be watching the hardware and making sure you're making the right decision.

  5. Anonymous:

    The NeXT Computer The hardware makes it a PC, the software makes it a workstation, the unit sales makes it a mainframe.

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Translations for hardware

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  • المعداتArabic
  • হার্ডওয়্যারBengali
  • maquinariCatalan, Valencian
  • hardware, zbraňCzech
  • hardware, isenkram, maskinel, udstyr, maskine, våbenDanish
  • Hardware, EisenwarenGerman
  • υλικού, δομικά υλικά, σιδηρικά, είδη κιγκαλερίας, βαρύς στρατιωτικός εξοπλισμός, υλισμικό, ηλεκτρονικός εξοπλισμόςGreek
  • aparataroEsperanto
  • fierros, arma de fuego, hardwareSpanish
  • laitteisto, tuliase, rautatavara, rautaFinnish
  • matériel, quincaillerie, arme à feuFrench
  • crua-earraíIrish
  • bathar-cruaidhScottish Gaelic
  • yiarnreyManx
  • hardwareItalian
  • חוּמרָהHebrew
  • ハード, ハードウェアJapanese
  • 하드웨어, 굳은모Korean
  • hardwareLatin
  • perkakasanMalay
  • ħardwerMaltese
  • hardwareDutch
  • maskinvareNorwegian
  • sprzętPolish
  • ferragens, hardwarePortuguese
  • hardware, echipament, aparatură, aparataj, dotare tehnicăRomanian
  • хардвер, оборудование, аппаратураRussian
  • سامگري, ڳڻپيوگريSindhi
  • računalna sklopovska podrška, tvrdovlje, sklopovlje, željezarija, strojevina, tvrdotvorina, hardver, čvrstovlje, strojna opremaSerbo-Croatian
  • hårdvara, maskinvaraSwedish
  • donanımTurkish

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