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Noun: hardware  'haa(r)d,wehr
  1. (military) major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
  2. Instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal
    - ironware
  3. (computing) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
    - computer hardware

Derived forms: hardwares

Type of: arms, component, constituent, element, implements of war, instrumentality, instrumentation, munition, weaponry, weapons system

Antonym: software

Part of: computer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system

Encyclopedia: Hardware, Virginia