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Hardware Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    hardware n
  1. major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
  2. instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal [syn: ironware]
  3. (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system [syn: computer hardware] [ant: software]
Hardware Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Hardware \Hard"ware`\, n. Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hardware'

Hardware is a general term for the physical artifacts of a technology. It may also mean the physical components of a computer system, in the form of computer hardware.

Hardware historically meant the metal parts and fittings that were used to make wooden products stronger, more functional, longer lasting and easier to fabricate or assemble.

Modern hardware stores typically sell equipment such as keys, locks, hinges, latches, corners, handles, wire, chains, plumbing supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts, especially when they are made of metal.

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* The NeXT Computer The hardware makes it a PC, the software makes it a workstation, the unit sales makes it a mainframe. - Anon.

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