- articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
- any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
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WORDS THAT USE -WARE
What does -ware mean?
The form –ware comes from the word software. The word software itself was coined around 1955 to contrast with hardware, a much older term used to refer to mechanical equipment. Learn more at our entry for hardware.
Examples of -ware
One example of a term from computer science that features the suffix –ware is spyware, “software that is installed surreptitiously and gathers information about an internet user’s browsing habits, intercepts the user’s personal data, etc., transmitting this information to a third party.”
The spy– part of the word here literally refers to “the act of observing secretly.” As we have seen, –ware means “software.” Spyware literally means “software for observing secretly.”
What are some words that use the combining form –ware?
What are some other forms that –ware may be commonly confused with?
Outside of computer science, many words that end with the exact letters –ware, such as kitchenware or glassware, are not necessarily using the combining form –ware to denote “software.” Learn why glassware means “articles made of glass” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of the combining form –ware, what does freeware literally mean?
How to use ware in a sentence
They were also wrong when they thought Ware had pulled out a gun.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back|Justin Glawe|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ware went to court claiming a number of irregularities, including issues with hundreds of absentee ballots.Could Chris McDaniel Get A Do-Over In The Mississippi Senate Race?|Ben Jacobs|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the Broncos do manage to land Ware, their defense could be scary.
Ware, a tenacious pass-rusher, is a 7-time Pro Bowler and the Cowboys all-time leader in sacks, with 117 in nine seasons.
Reports say that the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos are the favorites to sign Ware.
No man opens his ware with greater seriousness, or challenges your judgment more in the operation.
He left about a hundred of us here to make believe we 'uns ware goin' to attack Paris, so to give him time to git away.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Even the scribe has seen this, and has altered were to ware, to give a rime to the eye.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The parlour, having once been a ware-room, was unusually large and well adapted for a tea-party.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
They never knew how long they had sat there on the stairs when Dr. Ware opened the bedroom door and beckoned them in.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth