What does hardware mean?

Definitions for hardware

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hardwarenoun

    Manufactures of metal.

    Etymology: hard and ware.


  1. hardware

    Hardware refers to the physical components of a computer system or electronic device that enables it to function. This includes elements like the central processing unit (CPU), memory, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and other tangible parts. Hardware works in tandem with software to carry out various computing tasks.

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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hardware is ranked #128249 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hardware surname appeared 133 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hardware.

    84.2% or 112 total occurrences were Black.
    7.5% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.5% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.7% or 5 total occurrences were White.

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. Dan Conde:

    They can’t tell how much I use my own hardware, am I a casual user, or writing a lot on a computer? It then requires some guesswork there.

  2. James McQuivey:

    The company has historically had rocky relations with other hardware makers, preferring to imagine a world in which everyone buys an Apple device, then powers it with Apple services, this was the model for the original iPod, as most people forget. You couldn't use iTunes on a PC originally. Eventually Apple got wise.

  3. Andrew House:

    PlayStation VR represents a transformative experience in gaming, and we wanted to take the time needed to launch with a broad variety of content and a sufficient supply of hardware, we are beyond excited to deliver to consumers the amazing experience that PS VR offers.

  4. Natalie Grace Smith:

    Programming is your spirit, software is your mind, hardware is your body and your physical reality.

  5. Hideki Yasuda:

    (Kimishima) is a safe choice to continue on the path set by Iwata, he will be in charge of management, while Takeda and Miyamoto will be responsible for the gaming hardware and software businesses.

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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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