Definition of hardware noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːdweə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrdwer//
    [uncountable] Types of stores, Computer hardware, Departments in stores
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  1. 1 (computing) the machinery and electronic parts of a computer system compare software See related entries: Computer hardware
  2. 2(British English also ironmongery) tools and equipment that are used in the house and garden/yard a hardware shop Wordfinderappliances, cookware, fashion, furnishings, hardware, linen, lingerie, menswear, stationery, store See related entries: Types of stores, Departments in stores
  3. 3the equipment, machinery and vehicles used to do something tanks and other military hardware
  4. Extra examples The laptop drawing tablet is a very useful piece of hardware. This application runs on a wide variety of hardware platforms. We supply computer hardware to businesses. companies selling military hardware supplying computer hardware to business It seems you’ve got a hardware problem; the disk drive is stuck. The cargo consisted entirely of military hardware—rifles, machine guns, hand grenades and rockets. Where do you buy your hardware around here? a hardware store
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hardware