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, software
2. 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

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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.

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