Definition of hardware in English:



  • 1Tools, machinery, and other durable equipment.

    ‘tanks and other military hardware’
    • ‘So Iran had to undertake a secrete program to acquire the advanced hardware and technical knowledge.’
    • ‘Such countries are weak in actual combat, even when their hardware looks impressive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's been some heavy hardware going in and outta that place.’
    • ‘The hospital aims to acquire new hardware through a combination of purchases, leases and hire purchases.’
    • ‘Incomplete equipment may render some of the new hardware incapable of being more than military targets.’
    • ‘It's very good for the morale of the troops, with it usually comes some hardware, and that's important.’
    • ‘Yet for all the talk of military hardware and holy war, little time is devoted to what happens if it goes wrong.’
    • ‘If you believe that, I have a shiny hunk of useless Cold War hardware to sell you.’
    • ‘They do have a problem with the procurement of future hardware, but that is no excuse for weakening our current defence capability.’
    • ‘Much of this debate so far has been preoccupied with the hardware of the military.’
    • ‘India has built up remarkable capability in training, military technology and in hardware.’
    • ‘Yet, the US has displayed an awesome presence with more hardware on its way.’
    • ‘Using outsourcing, a business will pay for the IT service and not the IT 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.’
    • ‘France and Germany combined to block moves to send Patriot missiles and other Nato hardware to defend Turkey in the event of war.’
    • ‘Its high-tech hardware can ensure a response to a proposed strike by enemy bombers in less than 10 minutes.’
    • ‘He showered it with billions of dollars of military hardware.’
    equipment, apparatus, gear, paraphernalia, tackle, kit, machinery
    tools, articles, implements, instruments, appliances, gadgets
    stuff, things
    clubber, gubbins
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    1. 1.1The machines, wiring, and other physical components of a computer or other electronic system.
      Compare with software
      • ‘This avoids the complications that often result from putting old hardware into new equipment.’
      • ‘It has put in - for free - Wi-Fi hardware equipment in a slew of hotels around Ireland.’
      • ‘Server hardware is usually built to facilitate easy upgrading of hardware and replacing of broken parts.’
      • ‘When you pulled out the old hardware, you essentially interrupted a magical circuit.’
      • ‘If you buy a new computer, monitor or mobile phone this Christmas, recycle your hardware.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When hardware becomes obsolete only researchers may have an interest in preserving it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The hardware has been redesigned to prevent damage caused by short circuits or power surges.’
      • ‘Otellini yesterday gave further details of Intel's embedded hardware security technology.’
      • ‘This capability will only improve as costs decrease and hardware and software improve.’
      • ‘Look at the overall condition and make sure all hardware is in place and secured.’
      • ‘He thinks the current generation of hardware has moved beyond it, except for technical limitations.’
      • ‘The development and testing of the Alarm hardware was a lengthy and challenging process.’
      • ‘Thus the financial and technological investment required is measured as much in software as in any hardware terms.’
      • ‘Some of them are to do with hardware and hardware can certainly make pretty much anything function badly.’
      • ‘After his surgeon replaced the infected hardware, Downing was finally good to go.’
      • ‘Linux is one popular variety, mainly because it is free and runs on intel hardware.’
      • ‘A code is produced based upon the Product key and various details pertaining to your PC hardware.’
    2. 1.2Tools, implements, and other items used in home life and activities such as gardening.
      • ‘They aren't expensive and are sold by DIY shops, hardware stores and locksmiths.’
      • ‘Apart from selling groceries, Lidl stores also sell hardware and clothes.’
      • ‘My guess is that you have a low flow toilet with tank hardware that is faulty or out of adjustment.’
      • ‘The hardware shops will probably be pushed out by souvenir stalls, and the tourists will flood in.’
      • ‘Install doors and hardware in accordance with manufacturer's printed instructions.’
      • ‘Max Attrill is calling it quits after 49 years in hardware and trade supplies.’
      • ‘Finally the canopy rigging hardware was adjusted so that the canopy was correctly placed.’
      • ‘The hardware stores sold spades, forks, rakes and all sorts of farming implements.’
      • ‘Retail products range from work wear and lawn and garden supplies to hardware and pet foods.’
      • ‘Remove any easily removed hardware attached to the trim or mask hardware with tape.’
      • ‘When you replace the toilet seat, go with with either plastic or brass hardware.’
      • ‘Chris and her brother Jim run it alongside the grocery business, hardware store and fishing tackle shop.’
      • ‘The Fairy Silk Canopy requires no special hardware, just a hook or limb to which a ribbon can be tied.’
      • ‘As a general merchandiser it offers shoes, clothes, domestic hardware and household goods.’
      • ‘An imaginative new owner might turn it into a goldmine by moving into garden equipment, or hardware, for example.’
      • ‘All awning hardware must be mounted on either window frame or exterior wall to keep the awning level.’
      • ‘If you want to prove your attention to detail, you can also work on things like hardware and fixtures.’
      • ‘The list of items bought included lawn equipment, bathroom fixtures, hardware and even a refrigerator.’
      • ‘Note the volume of metal hardware on bags and opt for some with hardware styling.’
      • ‘The metal hardware and decorations attached to furniture often survive in the ground.’