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Meaning of HARDWARE

Pronunciation:  'hârd`wehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
  2. [n]  major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
  3. [n]  instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal

HARDWARE is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: computer hardware, ironware
 Antonyms: package, software, software package, software system
 See Also: arms, C.P.U., central processing unit, central processor, component, computer, computer memory, computer storage, computing device, computing machine, constituent, CPU, data processor, electronic computer, element, implements of war, information processing system, instrumentality, instrumentation, mainframe, memory, memory board, munition, processor, scheduler, sequencer, storage, store, weaponry, weapons system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hard"ware`\, n.
Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the
like; ironmongery.

Computing Dictionary

The physical, touchable, material parts of a computer or other system. The term is used to distinguish these fixed parts of a system from the more changable software or data components which it executes, stores, or carries.

Computer hardware typically consists chiefly of electronic devices (cpu, memory, display) with some electromechanical parts (keyboard, printer, disk drives, tape drives, loudspeakers) for input, output, and storage, though completely non-electronic (mechanical, electromechanical, hydraulic, biological) computers have also been conceived of and built.

See also firmware, wetware.

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