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English definition of “hardware”

hardware

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈhɑːdweər/
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.
(Definition of hardware from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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