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"hardware" in British English

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hardwarenoun [U]

uk   /ˈhɑːd.weər/  us   /ˈhɑːrd.wer/
  • hardware noun [U] (COMPUTER)

B1 the ​physical and ​electronicparts of a ​computer, ​rather than the ​instructions it ​follows
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  • hardware noun [U] (MILITARY)

informal equipment, ​especially if it is for ​military use or if it is ​heavy
(Definition of hardware from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hardware" in American English

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hardwarenoun [U]

 us   /ˈhɑrdˌweər/
  • hardware noun [U] (TOOLS)

metalobjects, ​materials, and ​equipment, such as ​tools: a hardware ​store
  • hardware noun [U] (COMPUTER)

the ​physical and ​electronicparts of a ​computer, ​rather than the ​instructions it ​follows
(Definition of hardware from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hardware" in Business English

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hardwarenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈhɑːdweər/
IT the ​physical and ​electronicparts of a ​computer or other ​piece of ​equipment, rather than its ​software: The ​growth of the ​computer and ​consumerelectronicsindustries is ​driven by a ​steadystream of ​advances in both hardware and ​software. Its ​primaryproduct is ​networking hardware.
metal ​tools, ​materials, and ​equipment, such as ​hammers and ​nails: Environmental ​protection has ​increasingly affected the ​production of ​buildingmaterials 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 ​principallines of ​business are ​air compressors, ​architectural hardware ​products, and ​constructionequipment. 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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