Definition of hardware in English:



  • 1Tools, machinery, and other durable equipment:

    ‘high-tech military hardware’
    • ‘Incomplete equipment may render some of the new hardware incapable of being more than military targets.’
    • ‘France and Germany combined to block moves to send Patriot missiles and other Nato hardware to defend Turkey in the event of war.’
    • ‘They do have a problem with the procurement of future hardware, but that is no excuse for weakening our current defence capability.’
    • ‘Yet for all the talk of military hardware and holy war, little time is devoted to what happens if it goes wrong.’
    • ‘The hospital aims to acquire new hardware through a combination of purchases, leases and hire purchases.’
    • ‘He showered it with billions of dollars of military hardware.’
    • ‘Much of this debate so far has been preoccupied with the hardware of the military.’
    • ‘Its high-tech hardware can ensure a response to a proposed strike by enemy bombers in less than 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Such countries are weak in actual combat, even when their hardware looks impressive.’
    • ‘Yet, the US has displayed an awesome presence with more hardware on its way.’
    • ‘The hardware and timing routines were the same as those used in Experiment 1.’
    • ‘Global politics shift, military hardware and strategies are tried and tested and new forms of protest emerge.’
    • ‘So Iran had to undertake a secrete program to acquire the advanced hardware and technical knowledge.’
    • ‘If you believe that, I have a shiny hunk of useless Cold War hardware to sell you.’
    • ‘India has built up remarkable capability in training, military technology and in hardware.’
    • ‘The reliability of military equipment and hardware is also on a steady decline.’
    • ‘Now when push comes to shove, you own that piece of hardware next to you and the pole position of the running of the Indianapolis 500.’
    • ‘Using outsourcing, a business will pay for the IT service and not the IT hardware.’
    • ‘There's been some heavy hardware going in and outta that place.’
    • ‘It's very good for the morale of the troops, with it usually comes some hardware, and that's important.’
    equipment, apparatus, gear, paraphernalia, tackle, kit, machinery
    tools, articles, implements, instruments, appliances, gadgets
    stuff, things
    clubber, gubbins
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    1. 1.1 Tools, implements, and other items used in home life and activities such as gardening:
      ‘available from DIY stores and hardware shops’
      • ‘An imaginative new owner might turn it into a goldmine by moving into garden equipment, or hardware, for example.’
      • ‘Chris and her brother Jim run it alongside the grocery business, hardware store and fishing tackle shop.’
      • ‘Install doors and hardware in accordance with manufacturer's printed instructions.’
      • ‘They aren't expensive and are sold by DIY shops, hardware stores and locksmiths.’
      • ‘Retail products range from work wear and lawn and garden supplies to hardware and pet foods.’
      • ‘As a general merchandiser it offers shoes, clothes, domestic hardware and household goods.’
      • ‘The Fairy Silk Canopy requires no special hardware, just a hook or limb to which a ribbon can be tied.’
      • ‘The metal hardware and decorations attached to furniture often survive in the ground.’
      • ‘When you replace the toilet seat, go with with either plastic or brass hardware.’
      • ‘My guess is that you have a low flow toilet with tank hardware that is faulty or out of adjustment.’
      • ‘Apart from selling groceries, Lidl stores also sell hardware and clothes.’
      • ‘Note the volume of metal hardware on bags and opt for some with hardware styling.’
      • ‘The hardware stores sold spades, forks, rakes and all sorts of farming implements.’
      • ‘If you want to prove your attention to detail, you can also work on things like hardware and fixtures.’
      • ‘Remove any easily removed hardware attached to the trim or mask hardware with tape.’
      • ‘Finally the canopy rigging hardware was adjusted so that the canopy was correctly placed.’
      • ‘Max Attrill is calling it quits after 49 years in hardware and trade supplies.’
      • ‘The list of items bought included lawn equipment, bathroom fixtures, hardware and even a refrigerator.’
      • ‘All awning hardware must be mounted on either window frame or exterior wall to keep the awning level.’
      • ‘The hardware shops will probably be pushed out by souvenir stalls, and the tourists will flood in.’
  • 2The machines, wiring, and other physical components of a computer or other electronic system:

    ‘select a software package that suits your requirements and buy the hardware to run it on’
    Compare with software
    • ‘It has put in - for free - Wi-Fi hardware equipment in a slew of hotels around Ireland.’
    • ‘It runs on a variety of computer hardware including Intel clones and Apple Macintosh computers.’
    • ‘You'll know that your network hardware is set up properly when every PC in your home has internet access.’
    • ‘Some of them are to do with hardware and hardware can certainly make pretty much anything function badly.’
    • ‘When hardware becomes obsolete only researchers may have an interest in preserving it.’
    • ‘Server hardware is usually built to facilitate easy upgrading of hardware and replacing of broken parts.’
    • ‘He thinks the current generation of hardware has moved beyond it, except for technical limitations.’
    • ‘Look at the overall condition and make sure all hardware is in place and secured.’
    • ‘Thus the financial and technological investment required is measured as much in software as in any hardware terms.’
    • ‘Extensive software testing included stand alone tests and hardware in the loop tests.’
    • ‘They can persuade us to spend thousands on high-tech hardware that becomes obsolete the moment we sign the credit card chit.’
    • ‘Linux is one popular variety, mainly because it is free and runs on intel hardware.’
    • ‘The hardware has been redesigned to prevent damage caused by short circuits or power surges.’
    • ‘After his surgeon replaced the infected hardware, Downing was finally good to go.’
    • ‘This capability will only improve as costs decrease and hardware and software improve.’
    • ‘If you buy a new computer, monitor or mobile phone this Christmas, recycle your hardware.’
    • ‘A code is produced based upon the Product key and various details pertaining to your PC hardware.’
    • ‘This avoids the complications that often result from putting old hardware into new equipment.’
    • ‘Otellini yesterday gave further details of Intel's embedded hardware security technology.’
    • ‘When you pulled out the old hardware, you essentially interrupted a magical circuit.’
    • ‘The development and testing of the Alarm hardware was a lengthy and challenging process.’