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The Definition of - Hard (noun)

    adjective, harder, hardest.
    1.
    not soft; solid and firm to the touch; unyielding to pressure and impenetrable or almost impenetrable.
    2.
    firmly formed; tight:
    a hard knot.
    3.
    difficult to do or accomplish; fatiguing; troublesome:
    a hard task.
    4.
    difficult or troublesome with respect to an action, situation, person, etc.:
    hard to please; a hard time.
    5.
    difficult to deal with, manage, control, overcome, or understand:
    a hard problem.
    6.
    involving a great deal of effort, energy, or persistence:
    hard labor; hard study.
    7.
    performing or carrying on work with great effort, energy, or persistence:
    a hard worker.
    8.
    vigorous or violent in force; severe:
    a hard rain; a hard fall.
    9.
    bad; unendurable; unbearable:
    hard luck.
    10.
    oppressive; harsh; rough:
    hard treatment.
    11.
    austere; severe:
    a hard winter; the hard times of the Great Depression.
    12.
    harsh or severe in dealing with others:
    a hard master.
    13.
    difficult to explain away; undeniable:
    hard facts.
    14.
    that can be verified; factual, as distinguished from speculation or hearsay:
    hard information.
    15.
    harsh or unfriendly; resentful; severe; bitter:
    hard feelings; hard words.
    16.
    of stern judgment or close examination; searching:
    a hard look.
    17.
    lacking delicacy or softness; not blurred or diffused; clear and distinct; sharp; harsh:
    a hard line; a hard, bright light; hard features; a hard face.
    18.
    (of a photograph) contrasty.
    19.
    severe or rigorous in terms:
    a hard bargain.
    20.
    sternly realistic; dispassionate; unsentimental:
    a hard, practical man; a hard view of life.
    21.
    incorrigible; disreputable; tough:
    a hard character.
    22.
    Scot. and North England. niggardly; stingy.
    23.
    in coins or paper money as distinguished from checks, securities, promissory notes, or other negotiable instruments).
    24.
    (of paper money or a monetary system) supported by sufficient gold reserves and easily convertible into the currency of a foreign nation.
    25.
    (of money) scarce or available at high interest rates:
    a hard loan.
    26.
    denoting assets with intrinsic value, as gold, silver, or diamonds.
    27.
    1. containing more than 22.5 percent alcohol by volume, as whiskey and brandy as opposed to beer and wine.
    2. strong because of fermentation; intoxicating:
      hard cider.
    28.
    (of wine) tasting excessively of tannin.
    29.
    (of an illicit narcotic or drug) known to be physically addictive, as opium, morphine, or cocaine.
    30.
    (of water) containing mineral salts that interfere with the action of soap.
    31.
    1. having a firm, crisp crust or texture:
      hard rolls.
    2. stale or tough.
    32.
    (of a fabric) having relatively little nap; smooth:
    Silk is a harder fabric than wool or cotton.
    33.
    (of the landing of a rocket or space vehicle) executed without decelerating:
    a hard landing on the moon.
    Compare soft (def 28).
    34.
    (of a missile base) equipped to launch missiles from underground silos.
    35.
    (of a missile) capable of being launched from an underground silo.
    36.
    Military. being underground and strongly protected from nuclear bombardment.
    37.
    Agriculture. noting wheats with high gluten content, milled for a bread flour as contrasted with pastry flour.
    38.
    Phonetics.
    1. fortis.
    2. (of c and g) pronounced as (k) in come and (g) in go, rather than as in cent, cello, suspicion, gem, or beige.
    3. (of consonants in Slavic languages) not palatalized.
      Compare soft (def 26).
    39.
    (in the making of rope) noting a lay having a considerable angle to the axis of the rope; short.
    40.
    Physics. (of a beam of particles or photons) having relatively high energy:
    hard x-rays.
    Compare soft (def 29).
    41.
    (of the penis) erect.
    adverb, harder, hardest.
    42.
    with great exertion; with vigor or violence; strenuously:
    to work hard; to try hard.
    43.
    earnestly, intently, or critically:
    to look hard at a thing.
    44.
    harshly or severely.
    45.
    so as to be solid, tight, or firm:
    frozen hard.
    46.
    with strong force or impact:
    She tripped and came down hard on her back.
    47.
    in a deeply affected manner; with genuine sorrow or remorse:
    She took it very hard when they told her of his death.
    48.
    closely; immediately:
    Failure and defeat seemed hard at hand. The decision to ban students from the concerts followed hard on the heels of the riot.
    49.
    to an unreasonable or extreme degree; excessively; immoderately:
    He's hitting the bottle pretty hard.
    50.
    Nautical. closely, fully, or to the extreme limit:
    hard aport; hard alee.
    noun
    51.
    Nautical. a firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.
    52.
    British.
    1. a firm or solid beach or foreshore.
    2. a firm landing, jetty, or road across or adjoining the foreshore.
    53.
    British Slang. hard labor.
    Idioms
    54.
    be hard on, to deal harshly with; be stern:
    You are being too hard on him.
    55.
    hard by, in close proximity to; near:
    The house is hard by the river.
    56.
    hard of hearing. hearing-impaired.
    57.
    hard put, in great perplexity or difficulty; at a loss:
    We were hard put to finish the examination in one hour.
    58.
    hard up, Informal.
    1. urgently in need of money.
    2. feeling a lack or need:
      The country is hard up for technicians and doctors.

Word Example of - Hard

    Example Sentences for hard

    She was a Pole, she had been trained in a hard school, she was not afraid.

    There had been a hard winter, and after it the poor woman had suffered from fever and ague.

    The campaign of the previous month had been a hard one for the cavalry.

    The consternation of the Americans it would be hard to imagine.

    It is hard to quit Paradise for even such a tourney as we have before us.

    As he did so he struck a round, hard object that lay behind him.

    The floor is of hard matter, and the walls and ceilings of plaster.

    "Don't use any hard words, Cornwood," added the pilot, coolly.

    This is the portion eaten, and to use an Americanism, "It is not at all hard to take."

    The unfortunate Rajah's fidelity was now put to a hard proof.

Word Origin & History of - Hard

    Word Origin & History

    hard O.E. heard "solid, firm, not soft," also "severe, rigorous, cruel," from P.Gmc. *kharthus (cf. Du. hard, O.N. harðr "hard," O.H.G. harto "extremely, very," Goth. hardus "hard"), from PIE *kratus "power, strength" (cf. Gk. kratos "strength," kratys "strong"). The adv. sense was also present in O.E. Hard of hearing preserves obsolete M.E. sense of "having difficulty in doing something." Hard liquor is 1879, Amer.Eng. (hard cider is from 1789), and this probably led to hard drugs (1955). Hard facts is from 1887; hard news is from 1938. Hard-headed is first attested 1519; hard-hearted is c.1200. ...Hard-boiled "severe, tough" is from 1886; hard-core "tough" is 1951, extension to pornography is from 1970s. Hard up (1610s) is originally nautical, of steering (slang sense of "short of money" is from 1821), as is hard and fast (1867), of a ship on shore. Hardball in the figurative sense of "tough, uncompromising" is from 1973; hard-on "penile erection" first recorded 1893; hard times "period of poverty" is from 1705. Hard hat was originally (1935) "derby;" meaning "safety helmet" is from 1953; used figuratively for "construction worker" from 1970. Hard-wired is 1969, from computing. Hardscrabble "barren place" is first recorded 1804, in journals of Lewis and Clark.

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