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hardware

noun [U] uk   /ˈhɑːd.weər/ us    /ˈhɑːrd.wer/

hardware noun [U] (COMPUTER)

B1 the physical and electronic parts of a computer, rather than the instructions it follows
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hardware noun [U] (TOOLS)

metal tools, materials, and equipment used in a house or a garden, such as hammers, nails, and screws

hardware noun [U] (MILITARY)

informal equipment, especially if it is for military use or if it is heavy
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