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Software vs. Hardware

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Softwarenoun

(computing) Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM).

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.’;

Softwarenoun

(military) The human beings involved in warfare, as opposed to hardware such as weapons and vehicles.

Hardwarenoun

(informal) Equipment.

‘military hardware’;

Softwarenoun

(computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory;

‘the market for software is expected to expand’;

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.

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Software

Software is a collection of instructions and data that tell a computer how to work. This is in contrast to physical hardware, from which the system is built and actually performs the work.

Hardwarenoun

(technology) Electronic equipment.

Hardwarenoun

Metal implements.

Hardwarenoun

(slang) A firearm.

Hardwarenoun

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

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.

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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.

Hardwarenoun

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

Hardwarenoun

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

Hardwarenoun

major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)

Hardwarenoun

instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal

Hardwarenoun

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

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