metalware typically used for repair or construction, as screws, locks, hinges, or machine parts:The store has aisles for hardware, lumber, electrical equipment, and plumbing supplies.
the mechanical equipment necessary for conducting an activity, usually distinguished from the theory and design that make the activity possible.
Computers. the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical devices comprising a computer system, as the CPU, disk drives, keyboard, or screen.: Compare software.
military weapons and combat equipment: The tactical concern with retreat was military hardware falling into enemy hands.
Slang. a weapon or weapons carried on one's person: The rougher types were asked to check their hardware at the door.
medals or trophies: The Olympic athletes posed iconically with their new hardware fanned across their chests, or playfully pretended to bite their gold medals.
jewelry, especially large or flashy pieces of jewelry: She loved her engagement ring, but she took it off at work—a bakery is no place for hardware like that.
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How to use hardware in a sentence
A Michigan-based company that supplies fasteners to the hardware store, home center, and industrial markets.
A plastic factory, a hardware supplier, and shipping–and-receiving giants like Fed-Ex and DHL are neighboring businesses.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Williams sold hardware manufactured by a legitimate company, said Sargent, who took a 25 to 30 percent commission.
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Amiigo is a wrist and shoelace hardware combo, paired a smartphone app that crunches movement data in the cloud.
They did so, and Crane looked up at the fat hardware man with eyes that were not quite so contemptuous.
Scattergood Baines sat on the porch of his hardware store and looked down Coldriver Valley.
He went back to his hardware store and waited—waited for Crane and Keith to start their inevitable logging operations.
It cost him something like half a dollar an acre, and Landers considered he had robbed the hardware merchant of a machine.
He had simply gone along selling hardware in his own way—and selling a good deal of it.
British Dictionary definitions for hardware
metal tools, implements, etc, esp cutlery or cooking utensils
computing the physical equipment used in a computer system, such as the central processing unit, peripheral devices, and memory: Compare software
mechanical equipment, components, etc
heavy military equipment, such as tanks and missiles or their parts
informal a gun or guns collectively
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Scientific definitions for hardware
A computer, its components, and its related equipment. Hardware includes disk drives, integrated circuits, display screens, cables, modems, speakers, and printers. Compare software.
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Cultural definitions for hardware
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