Hardware etymology


English word hardware comes from English hard, English ware

Etymology of hardware

Detailed word origin of hardware

Dictionary entry Language Definition
hard English (en) (countable, nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.. (uncountable, drugs, colloquial, slang) crack cocaine. (manner) Compactly.. (manner) With difficulty.. (manner) With much force or effort.. (now, archaic) Near, close.. (obsolete) So as to raise difficulties. (arts) Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment.. [...]
ware English (en) (obsolete) wary; cautious (poetic) aware (obsolete) To protect or guard (especially oneself); to be on guard, be wary.. (obsolete, _, or, _, dialectal) To be ware or mindful of something. Old eye dialect spelling of were (obsolete) The state of being aware; heed. (obsolete, UK, dialect) seaweed (nautical) To wear, or veer. (Ireland) Crockery. (countable, archaeology) A style or genre of [...]
hardware English (en) (computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.. (informal) Equipment.. (slang) A firearm.. (technology) Electronic equipment.. Fixtures, equipment, tools and devices used for general-purpose construction and repair of a structure or object. Also such equipment as sold as [...]