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(1) Hardware. The term refers to any electronic or electromechanical machine or component from a transistor to a disk drive to a smartphone. A device always refers to hardware, never to software. However, a "device driver" refers to software written to activate (to drive) a specific hardware device (see driver).

A User or Client Device
In general conversation, "the user's device" refers to the hardware operated by a person and may refer to a smartphone, tablet, iPod, laptop or desktop computer, but not to devices in a network (see network device).

(2) In semiconductor design, a device is an active component, such as a transistor or diode, in contrast to a passive component, such as a resistor or capacitor.

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DETIdevice adapter
devdevice address
developerdevice administrator
Developer/2000device agnostic
developer's toolkitDevice Association Framework
development cycleDevice Bay
development environmentdevice configuration overlay
development life cycledevice context
development systemdevice control character
development tooldevice dependent

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