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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hardware  \Hard"ware`\,  n. 
  Ware  made  of  metal,  as  cutlery,  kitchen  utensils,  and  the 
  like  ironmongery. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hardware 
  n  1:  major  items  of  military  equipment  (as  tanks  or  missile) 
  2:  artifacts  (tools  or  implements)  made  of  metal  [syn:  {ironware}] 
  3:  the  mechanical,  magnetic,  electronic,  and  electrical, 
  devices  making  up  a  computer  system  [syn:  {computer 
  hardware}]  [ant:  {software}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  hardware 
 
    The  physical,  touchable,  material  parts  of  a 
  computer  or  other  system.  The  term  is  used  to  distinguish 
  these  fixed  parts  of  a  system  from  the  more  changable 
  {software}  or  {data}  components  which  it  executes,  stores,  or 
  carries. 
 
  Computer  hardware  typically  consists  chiefly  of  electronic 
  devices  ({CPU},  {memory},  {display})  with  some 
  electromechanical  parts  (keyboard,  {printer},  {disk  drives}, 
  {tape  drives},  loudspeakers)  for  input,  output,  and  storage, 
  though  completely  non-electronic  (mechanical, 
  electromechanical,  hydraulic,  biological)  computers  have  also 
  been  conceived  of  and  built. 
 
  See  also  {firmware},  {wetware}. 
 
  (1997-01-23) 
 
 




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