A pile of computer hardware.
- The definition of hardware is the physical components of a computer such as the machine and wiring, or tools and machinery, or heavy military equipment.
- The computer case and wiring are examples of hardware.
- Tools and machinery at home or in a shop are examples of hardware.
- articles made of metals, as tools, nails, fittings, utensils, etc.; often, specif., hinges, handles, locks, etc. used on doors, windows, etc.
- ☆ heavy military equipment, such as weapons, vehicles, missiles, etc.
- apparatus used for controlling spacecraft, etc.
- Comput. the mechanical, magnetic, and electronic design, structure, and devices of a computer or computer system
- electronic or mechanical equipment that uses cassettes, disks, etc.
- Metal goods and utensils such as locks, tools, and cutlery.
- a. Computers A computer and the associated physical equipment directly involved in the performance of data-processing or communications functions.b. Machines and other physical equipment directly involved in performing an industrial, technological, or military function.
- Informal Weapons, especially military weapons.
- 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.
- (informal) Equipment.
- military hardware
- (computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.
- (technology) Electronic equipment.
- Metal implements.
- (slang) A firearm.
- hardware store
hardware - Computer Definition
The physical components, peripherals, and equipment that comprise a computer system, as compared to the logical system software programs and routines that run the computer and the application programs that support the tasks of end users. If you can break it with a hammer, it's hardware. Otherwise, it's software. See also firmware, grayware, and software.
Machinery and equipment (CPUs, drives, keyboards, printers, scanners, cables, etc.). In operation, a computer is both hardware and software, and one is useless without the other. The hardware design specifies the command format it can follow, and the software instructions in that format tell it what to do. See instruction set and computer. Hardware Is "Speed, Storage and Transmission" The more memory (RAM) and storage (hard and solid state disks) a computer has, the more work it can do. The faster memory and disks transfer data and instructions to the CPU and the faster instructions are executed, the more work gets done in a given time frame. A hardware requirement is based on the quantity of data processed and the number of users or applications being served simultaneously. How much? How fast? Software Is "Logic and Language" Software deals with the details of an ever-changing business and must process transactions in a logical fashion. Languages are used to program the software. The "logic and language" involved in systems analysis and software programming is an order of magnitude more complicated than specifying a hardware storage and transmission requirement. See software, information system and wares.