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Meaning of HARD

Pronunciation:  hârd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  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. [adv]  to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"
  3. [adv]  slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"
  4. [adv]  causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's failure"
  5. [adv]  with firmness; "held hard to the railing"
  6. [adv]  earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"
  7. [adv]  with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard"
  8. [adv]  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. [adv]  into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
  10. [adv]  indulging excessively; "he drank heavily"
  11. [adj]  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?"
  12. [adj]  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"
  13. [adj]  dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
  14. [adj]  unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
  15. [adj]  not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated; "hard as rock"
  16. [adj]  metaphorically hard; "a hard fate"; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"; "a hard climb"
  17. [adj]  of speech sounds
  18. [adj]  having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor"
  19. [adj]  very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"
  20. [adj]  having undergone fermentation; "hard cider"

HARD is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: adamantine, al dente, alcoholic, ambitious, arduous, awkward, backbreaking, bad, baffling, brutal, calculating, calculative, case-hardened, catchy, challenging, conniving, corneous, cruel, delicate, difficult, embarrassing, erect, fermented, firm, firmly, fractious, granitelike, granitic, grueling, gruelling, hard-boiled, hardened, hard-fought, harsh, heavily, heavy, Herculean, hornlike, horny, intemperately, knockout, knotty, laborious, labourious, lignified, marmoreal, marmorean, nasty, ossified, petrified, petrous, plosive, problematic, problematical, punishing, rigorous, rocklike, rocky, rough, rugged, scheming, semihard, serious, set, severe, severely, shrewd, slatey, slaty, solid, soured, stale, steely, sticky, stiff, stonelike, stony, strong, stubborn, tall(a), thorny, ticklish, tight, toilsome, tough, tricky, troublesome, trying, tumid, unenviable, unkind, unpadded, uphill, velar, vexed, woody
 Antonyms: easy, lightly, soft
 See Also: demanding, effortful, hard, insensitive, merciless, unmerciful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hard\, a. [Compar. {Harder}; superl. {Hardest}.] [{OE}.
    heard, AS. heard; akin to OS. & D. heard, G. hart, OHG.
    harti, Icel. har?r, Dan. haard, Sw. h[*a]rd, Goth. hardus,
    Gr.? strong, ?, ?, strength, and also to E. -ard, as in
    coward, drunkard, -crat, -cracy in autocrat, democracy; cf.
    Skr. kratu strength, ? to do, make. Cf. {Hardy}.]
    1. Not easily penetrated, cut, or separated into parts; not
       yielding to pressure; firm; solid; compact; -- applied to
       material bodies, and opposed to soft; as, hard wood; hard
       flesh; a hard apple.
    2. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended,
       decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
             The hard causes they brought unto Moses. --Ex.
                                                   xviii. 26.
             In which are some things hard to be understood. --2
                                                   Peter iii. 16.
    3. Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious;
       fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to
    4. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
             The stag was too hard for the horse.  --L'Estrange.
             A power which will be always too hard for them.
    5. Difficult to bear or endure; not easy to put up with or
       consent to; hence, severe; rigorous; oppressive;
       distressing; unjust; grasping; as, a hard lot; hard times;
       hard fare; a hard winter; hard conditions or terms.
             I never could drive a hard bargain.   --Burke.
    6. Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding;
       obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard
       master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
    7. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid;
       ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
             Figures harder than even the marble itself.
    8. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
    9. (Pron.) Abrupt or explosive in utterance; not aspirated,
       sibilated, or pronounced with a gradual change of the
       organs from one position to another; -- said of certain
       consonants, as c in came, and g in go, as distinguished
       from the same letters in center, general, etc.
    10. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a
        hard tone.
    11. (Painting)
        (a) Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures;
            formal; lacking grace of composition.
        (b) Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the
            coloring or light and shade.
    {Hard cancer}, {Hard case}, etc. See under {Cancer}, {Case},
    {Hard clam}, or {Hard-shelled clam} (Zo["o]l.), the guahog.
    {Hard coal}, anthracite, as distinguished from bituminous or
       soft coal.
    {Hard and fast}. (Naut.) See under {Fast}.
    {Hard finish} (Arch.), a smooth finishing coat of hard fine
       plaster applied to the surface of rough plastering.
    {Hard lines}, hardship; difficult conditions.
    {Hard money}, coin or specie, as distinguished from paper
    {Hard oyster} (Zo["o]l.), the northern native oyster. [Local,
       U. S.]
    {Hard pan}, the hard stratum of earth lying beneath the soil;
       hence, figuratively, the firm, substantial, fundamental
       part or quality of anything; as, the hard pan of
       character, of a matter in dispute, etc. See {Pan}.
    {Hard rubber}. See under {Rubber}.
    {Hard solder}. See under {Solder}.
    {Hard water}, water, which contains lime or some mineral
       substance rendering it unfit for washing. See {Hardness},
    {Hard wood}, wood of a solid or hard texture; as walnut, oak,
       ash, box, and the like, in distinction from pine, poplar,
       hemlock, etc.
    {In hard condition}, in excellent condition for racing;
       having firm muscles;-said of race horses.
    Syn: Solid; arduous; powerful; trying; unyielding; stubborn;
         stern; flinty; unfeeling; harsh; difficult; severe;
         obdurate; rigid. See {Solid}, and {Arduous}.
  2. \Hard\, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]
    1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
             And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince.
             My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself.
    2. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
    3. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly. --Shak.
    4. So as to raise difficulties. `` The guestion is hard
       set''. --Sir T. Browne.
    5. With tension or strain of the powers; violently; with
       force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously;
       energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence,
       rapidly; as, to run hard.
    6. Close or near.
             Whose house joined hard to the synagogue. --Acts
    {Hard by}, {near by}; close at hand; not far off. ``Hard by a
       cottage chimney smokes.'' --Milton.
    {Hard pushed}, {Hard run}, greatly pressed; as, he was hard
       pushed or hard run for time, money, etc. [Colloq.]
    {Hard up}, closely pressed by want or necessity; without
       money or resources; as, hard up for amusements. [Slang]
    Note: Hard in nautical language is often joined to words of
          command to the helmsman, denoting that the order should
          be carried out with the utmost energy, or that the helm
          should be put, in the direction indicated, to the
          extreme limit, as, Hard aport! Hard astarboard! Hard
          alee! Hard aweather up! Hard is also often used in
          composition with a participle; as, hard-baked;
          hard-earned; hard-working; hard-won.
  3. \Hard\, v. t.
    To harden; to make hard. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  4. \Hard\, n.
    A ford or passage across a river or swamp.
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