- hardware hard‧ware [ˈhɑːdweə ǁ ˈhɑːrdwer] noun [uncountable]1. COMPUTING computer equipment, rather than the programs that make it work:
• Unix runs on most types of computer hardware.
• An upgrade (= improvement ) in our hardware helped us cope with an expected rise in demand.— compare firmware, software2. equipment and tools for homes and gardens:
• If the housing market is strong, hardware and electrical products benefit.3. the machinery and equipment needed to do something:
• the shipment of US tanks and other military hardware to Saudi Arabia
* * *hardware UK US /ˈhɑːdweər/ noun [U]► IT the physical and electronic parts of a computer or other piece of equipment, rather than its software: »
The growth of the computer and consumer electronics industries is driven by a steady stream of advances in both hardware and software.»
Its primary product is networking hardware.► metal tools, materials, and equipment, such as hammers and nails: »
Environmental protection has increasingly affected the production of building materials and hardware.»
If we make it easier for the hardware stores to sell our products, that helps us.► equipment, especially for industrial or military use: »
The company's principal lines of business are air compressors, architectural hardware products, and construction equipment.»
The modern-day battlefield is more congested than ever before with aircraft and military hardware.
Financial and business terms. 2012.