Hardware

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Definition

hardware: a computer, mouse, etc.; tools, equipment (for example hammers, nails)
noun
Hardware store a shop which sells tools, materials, equipment (for example, hammers, nails)

Hardware is the electronic parts of a computer, and software is the instructions which control what a computer does, the computer programs used on it, etc.

Pronunciation examples
UK: Wow, nice computer! That's a serious piece of hardware!
US: I had to special order it - you wouldn't find it in your local hardware store!
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Examples

  • "Bob and his team of technicians and engineers handle all of our information systems, software applications and hardware devices."
  • "Bob and his assistant Jean Marron manage a team of technicians and engineers who handle all of our information systems, software applications, hardware devices, etcetera."
  • "Stephen : Hmm. :-( How about the hardware serial number?"
  • "Philip : Oh yeah, we've got all the hardware and software stuff at the Delavigne office."

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