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Hardware vs. Device

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Hardwarenoun

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.’;

Devicenoun

Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

‘There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener.’;

Hardwarenoun

(informal) Equipment.

‘military hardware’;

Devicenoun

(computing) A peripheral device; an item of hardware.

Hardwarenoun

(computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.

Devicenoun

A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

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Hardwarenoun

(technology) Electronic equipment.

Devicenoun

(Ireland) An improvised explosive device, home-made bomb

Hardwarenoun

Metal implements.

Devicenoun

(rhetoric) A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.

Hardwarenoun

(slang) A firearm.

Devicenoun

(heraldry) A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.

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Hardwarenoun

Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery.

Devicenoun

(archaic) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

Hardwarenoun

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.

Devicenoun

(legal) An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.

Hardwarenoun

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.

Devicenoun

(printing) An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.

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Hardwarenoun

The weapons, transport, and other physical objects used in conducting a war.

Devicenoun

(obsolete) A spectacle or show.

Hardwarenoun

Weapons, especially handguns, carried on the person; as, check your hardware at the door before entering.

Devicenoun

(obsolete) Opinion; decision.

Hardwarenoun

major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)

Devicenoun

That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

‘His device in against Babylon, to destroy it.’; ‘Their recent device of demanding benevolences.’; ‘He disappointeth the devices of the crafty.’;

Hardwarenoun

instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal

Devicenoun

Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

‘I must have instruments of my own device.’;

Hardwarenoun

(computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system

Devicenoun

An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See Cognizance.

‘Knights-errant used to distinguish themselves by devices on their shields.’; ‘A banner with this strange device -Excelsior.’;

Devicenoun

Anything fancifully conceived.

Devicenoun

A spectacle or show.

Devicenoun

Opinion; decision.

Devicenoun

any artifactual object designed to perform an action or process, with or without an operator in attendance.

Devicenoun

an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose;

‘the device is small enough to wear on your wrist’; ‘a device intended to conserve water’;

Devicenoun

something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

Devicenoun

any clever (deceptive) maneuver;

‘he would stoop to any device to win a point’;

Devicenoun

any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

Devicenoun

an emblematic design (especially in heraldry);

‘he was recognized by the device on his shield’;

Devicenoun

a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment

‘a measuring device’;

Devicenoun

a bomb or other explosive weapon

‘an incendiary device’;

Devicenoun

a plan, method, or trick with a particular aim

‘writing a letter to a newspaper is a traditional device for signalling dissent’;

Devicenoun

a form of words intended to produce a particular effect in speech or a literary work

‘a rhetorical device’;

Devicenoun

a drawing or design

‘the decorative device on the invitations’;

Devicenoun

an emblematic or heraldic design

‘their shields bear the device of the Blazing Sun’;

Devicenoun

the design or look of something

‘works of strange device’;

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