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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: ware 'goods' (11-20 centuries), from Old English waru

-ware

suffix
     
-ware [in uncountable nouns]
1DFDH things made of a particular material, especially for use in the home:
glassware (=glass bowls, glasses etc)
silverware (=silver spoons, knives etc)
2DF things used in a particular place for the preparation or serving of food:
ovenware (=dishes for use in the oven)
tableware (=plates, glasses, knives etc)
3TDTD things used in operating a computer:
software (=programs)
shareware (=programs which can be shared via the Internet)
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