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 for hardware
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hardware \Hard"ware`\ (h[aum]rd"w[^a]r`), n.
     1. Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the
        like; ironmongery.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Any of the physical objects used in carrying out an
        activity, in contrast to the knowledge, skill, or theory
        required to perform the activity; mostly used
        collectively.
        [PJC]
  
     3. Specifically: (Computers) The sum of all the physical
        objects, such as the electrical, mechanical, and
        electronic devices which comprise a computer system; as,
        the typical PC hardware suite consists of a mainboard and
        a number of peripherals such as hard drives and speakers,
        connected by adapter cards, but the input and output from
        users occurs mostly through the keyboard and monitor;
        contrasted with software, the programs executed by the
        computer.
        [PJC]
  
     4. Specifically: (Military) The weapons, transport, and other
        physical objects used in conducting a war.
        [PJC]
  
     5. (Slang) Weapons, especially handguns, carried on the
        person; as, check your hardware at the door before
        entering.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hardware
      n 1: major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
      2: instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal [syn:
         hardware, ironware]
      3: (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and
         electrical components making up a computer system [syn:
         hardware, computer hardware] [ant: computer software,
         package, software, software package, software
         program, software system]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "hardware":
     appliances, armaments, arms, brassware, chinaware, clayware,
     components, computer, computer hardware, computer unit, copperware,
     devices, dinnerware, durable goods, durables, earthenware,
     electronic brain, electronic computer, enamelware, fixtures,
     flatware, glassware, graniteware, hard goods, hollow ware,
     housefurnishings, housewares, information machine, ironmongery,
     ironware, kitchenware, machinery, materiel, metalware, munitions,
     ovenware, silverware, sporting goods, stoneware, tableware,
     thinking machine, tinware, tools, tools and machinery, white goods,
     woodenware
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  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 changeable
     software or data components which it executes, stores, or
     carries.
  
     Typical computer hardware consists of electronic devices
     ({CPU, memory, display) with some electromechanical parts
     (keyboard, printer, disk drives, tape drives,
     loudspeakers) for input, output and storage.  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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