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English definition of “hardware”

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 screwsTools in general

hardware noun [U] (MILITARY)

informal equipment, especially if it is for military use or if it is heavyMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresArms and munitions in general
(Definition of hardware from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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