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English definition of “hardware”


noun [U]     /ˈhɑːdweər/
COMPUTER B1 the machines or equipment that your computer system is made from, not the programsComputer hardware
TOOLS/EQUIPMENT tools and strong equipment, such as those used in the home or gardenToolsGardening tools
(Definition of hardware noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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