1 not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "a difficult child"; "found himself in a difficult situation"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?" [syn: difficult] [ant: easy]
2 metaphorically hard; "a hard fate"; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"; "a hard climb" [ant: soft]
3 not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated; "hard as rock" [ant: soft]
4 very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow" [syn: knockout, severe]
5 characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace" [syn: arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, heavy, laborious, punishing, toilsome]
6 of speech sounds [ant: soft]
7 of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; "does a lot of hard drinking"; "a heavy drinker" [syn: hard(a), heavy]
8 having undergone fermentation; "hard cider" [syn: fermented]
9 having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor" [syn: strong]
10 unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break" [syn: tough]
11 dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before" adv
1 with effort or force or vigor; "the team played hard"; "worked hard all day"; "pressed hard on the lever"; "hit the ball hard"; "slammed the door hard"
2 with firmness; "held hard to the railing" [syn: firmly]
3 earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"
4 causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's failure" [syn: severely]
5 slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"
7 into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
8 very near or close in space or time; "it stands hard by the railroad tracks"; "they were hard on his heels"; "a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"
9 with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard"
10 to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left" [also: hardest, harder]
EtymologyOld English heard
- heart (in some dialects)
- Resistant to pressure.
- Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand
- a hard problem
- Demanding a lot of effort to endure.
- a hard life
- In the context of "of a person": , severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.
- hard evidence
- Of drink, strong.
- Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.
- In the context of "slang|vulgar}} Sexually aroused.
Hard or Hardness may refer to:
- Hardness, resistance of physical materials to change under force.
- Hard water has a high mineral content.
- Mathematical difficulty; see computational complexity theory.
- A difficulty level in a video game.
- Street hardness, an attribute characterized by physical and mental toughness due to living in hostile urban environments.
- Hard, Austria, a town in Austria.
- Slang for erection of the penis when sexually excited or aroused. See Erection
- Hard, When you do something very strongly; with a lot of emphasis
- Hard, a music album by Brainpower
hard in Czech: Tvrdost
hard in German: Hard (Begriffsklärung)
hard in French: Hard
hard in Dutch: Hard
hard in Norwegian: Hardhet
hard in Polish: Twardość
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