Hard"ware`(hrd"wr`), n. 1. Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery.
2. Any of the physical objects used in carrying out an activity, in contrast to the knowledge, skill, or theory required to perform the activity; mostly used collectively.
(Computers) The sum of all the physical objects, such as the electrical, mechanical, and electronic devices which comprise a computer system; as, the typical PC
hardware suite consists of a mainboard and a number of peripherals such as hard drives and speakers, connected by adapter cards, but the input and output from users occurs mostly through the keyboard and monitor; contrasted with
software, the programs executed by the computer.
(Military) The weapons, transport, and other physical objects used in conducting a war.
(Slang) Weapons, especially handguns, carried on the person; as, check your
hardware at the door before entering.
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