2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hardware \Hard"ware'\ (h[aum]rd"w[^a]r'), noun

1. Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery.

2. 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. [PJC]

3. 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. [PJC]

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

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)

2: instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal [syn: {hardware}, {ironware}]

3: (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system [syn: {hardware}, {computer hardware}] [ant: {computer software}, {package}, {software}, {software package}, {software program}, {software system}]

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