hardware

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hard +‎ -ware; attested since the mid-15th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hardware (uncountable)

  1. Fixtures, equipment, tools and devices used for general-purpose construction and repair of a structure or object. Also such equipment as sold as stock by a store of the same name, e.g. hardware store.
    He needed a hammer, nails, screws, nuts, bolts and other assorted hardware, so he went to the hardware store.
  2. (informal) Equipment.
    military hardware
    • 2003 June 6, “Mission to Mars”, in CBS_Rather:
      BOWEN: The monster trucks of Mars rovers, joke scientists, equipped with an array of sophisticated hardware to look for signs of water and answer scientists questions.
    • 2009 May, Lee S. Langston, “plowing new ground.”, in Mechanical Engineering, volume 131, number 5, page 40:
      It is one thing to see an intercooler as a simple entry in a textbook, but to witness the actual hardware as it crawled down the road was awe-inspiring.
    • 2011 January, “Swedish Sportster”, in Popular Mechanics, volume 188, number 1, page 27:
      Smaller, turbocharged engines are one way to increase engine efficiency by 8 to 10 percent, but the extra hardware is expensive.
  3. (computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.
    • 1952, R.L. Michaelson, “Binary Arithmetic”, in The Incorporated Statistician, volume 3, number 1 (Feb. 1952), pages 35–40:
      Hardware is the generally accepted colloquism for anything inside a computer other than an engineer.
  4. (technology) Electronic equipment.
  5. Metal implements.
    The designers have put their logo on the hardware of this bag here.
  6. (slang) A firearm.
  7. (slang) Medals or trophies.
  8. (Philippines) Short for hardware store.

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Amharic: ሃርድዌር (hardəwer)

Translations[edit]

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English hardware

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɑːdweø/, [ˈhɑːdwe̞ø̞]

Noun[edit]

hardware

  1. (anglicism, computing, electronics) hardware (physical equipment, as opposed to software)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of hardware (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative hardware hardwaret
genitive hardwaren hardwarejen
partitive hardwarea hardwareja
illative hardwareen hardwareihin
singular plural
nominative hardware hardwaret
accusative nom. hardware hardwaret
gen. hardwaren
genitive hardwaren hardwarejen
hardwareinrare
partitive hardwarea hardwareja
inessive hardwaressa hardwareissa
elative hardwaresta hardwareista
illative hardwareen hardwareihin
adessive hardwarella hardwareilla
ablative hardwarelta hardwareilta
allative hardwarelle hardwareille
essive hardwarena hardwareina
translative hardwareksi hardwareiksi
instructive hardwarein
abessive hardwaretta hardwareitta
comitative hardwareineen
Possessive forms of hardware (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person hardwareni hardwaremme
2nd person hardwaresi hardwarenne
3rd person hardwarensa

Synonyms[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hardware m (uncountable)

  1. (computing) hardware
    Synonym: matériel

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English hardware.

Noun[edit]

hardware m (uncountable)

  1. (Jersey, computing) hardware

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English hardware.

Noun[edit]

hardware m (plural hardwares)

  1. (computing) hardware (parts of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English hardware.

Noun[edit]

hardware n (uncountable)

  1. (computing) hardware

Declension[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English hardware.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈxaɾdweɾ/ [ˈxaɾ.ð̞weɾ]
  • IPA(key): /ˈxarweɾ/ [ˈxa.rweɾ]
  • IPA(key): /ˈxaɾɡweɾ/ [ˈxaɾ.ɣ̞weɾ]

Noun[edit]

hardware m (plural hardwares)

  1. (computing) hardware

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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