harden definition by Webster's New World
- to make solid, rigid, or firm
- to make callous: to harden one's heart
- to accustom to varying or adverse conditions or climate
Origin: Middle English hardnen ; from Old Norse harthna and amp; ; from Middle English hard, hard
harden definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb hard·ened, hard·en·ing, hard·ens verb, transitive
- To make hard or harder.
- To enable to withstand physical or mental hardship.
- To make unfeeling, unsympathetic, or callous: “To love love and not its meaning hardens the heart in monstrous ways” (Archibald MacLeish).
- To make sharp, as in outline.
- To protect (nuclear weapons) by surrounding with earth or concrete.
- To become hard or harder.
- To rise and become stable. Used of prices.
- To become inured.
harden - Computer Definition
To put a shell around a computer to protect it from intruders. To harden a system, the following techniques need to be done: The Operating System Software and the exposed services should be patched with the latest security fixes; the defaults should be removed; all unnecessary services should be shut down; and packet-filtering software should be installed.
Graham, R. Hacking Lexicon. [Online, 2001.] Robert Graham Website. http://www.linuxsecurity.com/resource_files/documentation/hacking-dict.html.