Hard meaning

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Extremely or dangerously addictive. Used of certain illegal drugs, such as heroin.
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The definition of hard is firm to the touch or difficult to do or done with great force.

An example of hard is the feeling of a rock.

An example of hard is scoring a good grade on a test in a subject that one has never studied.

An example of hard is a winter with a lot of wind and freezing rain.

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Being a turn in a specific direction at an angle more acute than other possible routes.
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Erect; tumid. Used of a penis.
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Proceeding or performing with force, vigor, or persistence; assiduous.

A hard worker.

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With great force, vigor, or energy.

Pressed hard on the lever.

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Hardcore.
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Containing dissolved salts that interfere with the lathering action of soap. Used of water.
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Velar, as in c in cake or g in log, as opposed to palatal or soft.
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Of relatively high energy; penetrating.

Hard x-rays.

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High in gluten content.

Hard wheat.

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Resistant to biodegradation.

A hard detergent.

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With strenuous effort; intently.

Worked hard all day; stared hard at the accused criminal.

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In such a way as to cause great damage or hardship.

Industrial cities hit hard by unemployment.

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With great distress, grief, or bitterness.

Took the divorce hard.

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Firmly; securely.

Held hard to the railing.

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Toward or into a solid condition.

Concrete that sets hard within a day.

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Near in space or time; close.

The factory stands hard by the railroad tracks.

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Completely; fully.

Hard alee.

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Not easily dented, pierced, cut, or crushed; resistant to pressure; firm and unyielding to the touch; rigid; solid and compact.
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Having firm muscles; in good bodily trim; vigorous and robust.
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Showing, or done with, great force or strength; powerful; violent; vigorous.

A hard blow.

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Demanding great physical or mental effort or labor; fatiguing; difficult.
  • Difficult to do.
    hard work.
  • Difficult to understand, explain, or answer.
    A hard question.
  • Difficult to deal with; not easily managed or controlled.
    A man hard to live with.
  • Firmly fastened or tied.
    A hard knot.
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Practical and shrewd or calculating, esp. in an unyielding way.

To drive a hard bargain.

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Causing or characterized by pain or discomfort.
  • Difficult to endure; trying.
    A hard life.
  • Harsh; severe; stern.
    A hard master, hard words.
  • Characterized by hardship, setbacks, etc.
    hard luck.
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Very cold, stormy, etc.; inclement.

A hard winter.

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Containing mineral salts that interfere with the lathering and cleansing properties of soap, that corrode metals, etc.
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Energetic and persistent; steady and earnest.

A hard worker.

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High in gluten content.

Hard wheat.

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Not easily biodegradable.
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High and stable.
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Heavily fortified.

A hard base.

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Of high penetrating power.
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Energetically and persistently; steadily and earnestly.

Work hard.

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With strength, violence, or severity.

Hit hard.

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With difficulty.

Hard-earned, hard-sought.

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So as to withstand much wear, use, etc.

Hard-wearing clothes.

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Deeply; fully; soundly.

Sleep hard.

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Firmly; tightly.

Hold on hard.

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Close; near.

We live hard by the woods.

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So as to be or make firm, solid, or rigid.

To freeze hard.

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With vigor and to the fullest extent.

Hard alee! turn hard right.

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Resistant to pressure.

This bread is so stale and hard, I can barely cut it.

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Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand.

A hard problem.

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Demanding a lot of effort to endure.

A hard life.

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A hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.

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(dated) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
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Hard evidence.

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Of drink, strong.
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(of a road intersection) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.

At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the hard left.

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Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.
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(slang, vulgar, of a male) Sexually aroused.

I got so hard watching two hot girls wrestle each other on the beach.

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(bodybuilding) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.
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(physics) Of a ferromagnetic material, having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft)
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(phonetics) Plosive.

There is a hard c in "clock" and a soft c in "centre".

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(art) Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
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(art) Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.
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(of roads): soft.
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("sexually aroused"): soft, flaccid.
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(manner) With much force or effort.

He hit the puck hard up the ice.

They worked hard all week.

At the intersection, bear hard left.

The recession hit them especially hard.

Think hard about your choices.

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(manner) With difficulty.

His degree was hard earned.

The vehicle moves hard.

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(manner) Compactly.

The lake had finally frozen hard.

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(now archaic) Near, close.
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(nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.
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hard and fast
  • Defined, fixed, and invariable:.
    Hard and fast rules.
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hard of hearing
  • Having a partial loss of hearing.
  • People who have partial loss of hearing, considered as a group.
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hard put
  • Undergoing great difficulty:.
    Under the circumstances, he was hard put to explain himself.
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hard up
  • In need; poor.
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be hard on
  • To treat severely; be harsh toward.
  • To be difficult, unpleasant, or painful for.
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be hard put (to it)
  • To have considerable difficulty or trouble.
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hard and fast
  • Invariable; strict; definitive.
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hard of hearing
  • Partially deaf.
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hard up
  • In great need of something, esp. money.
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play hard to get
  • To seem unwilling to accept an offer, romantic advances, etc., as in order to elicit further or stronger appeals.
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Origin of hard

  • Middle English from Old English heard kar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English heard (“hard”), from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, *kret- (“strong; powerful”). Cognate with West Frisian hurd, Dutch hard, Low German hard, hart, German hart, Danish hård.

    From Wiktionary