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  1. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. 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?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. having undergone fermentation; "hard cider" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. with firmness; "held hard to the railing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's failure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; "does a lot of hard drinking"; "a heavy drinker" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. indulging excessively; "he drank heavily" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated; "hard as rock" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. metaphorically hard; "a hard fate"; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"; "a hard climb" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. of speech sounds Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Difficult to resist or control; powerful. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. So as to raise difficulties. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Close or near. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To harden; to make hard. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. A ford or passage across a river or swamp. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Hardness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Compact and solid; firm; not easy to be pierced or broken; as, hard wood; unyielding; difficult of accomplishment; as, hard to understand; laborious; fatiguing; cruel; oppressive; severe; keen; austere; inflexible; unfeeling; exacting; not easily complied with; rough; coarse; not prosperous; uttered gutturally; stiff or formal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. Forcibly; laborlously; diligently; tempestuously; closely; near; roughly; to the utmost extent; so as to become firm and unyielding; with vexation, trouble, or sorrow. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. Not easily penetrated: firm: solid: difficult to understand or accomplish: difficult to bear: painful: unjust: difficult to please: unfeeling: severe: stiff: constrained. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. With urgency: with difficulty: close, near, as in HARD BY; HARD-A-LEE, i.e. close to the lee-side, etc.: earnestly: forcibly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. Firm; solid; difficult; painful; severe; laborious. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. With difficulty; urgently; laboriously; near; close. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  48. Solid; firm. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. Difficult; rigorous; severe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. Unfeeling; unsparing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. Thoroughgoing and energetic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. Coarse; poor; scanty; offensive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. Containing mineral salts: said of water. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. In a hard manner. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. Firm; solid; not easily pressed, penetrated, or broken; difficult to understand, or solve, or do, or get over, or bear; painful; laborious; oppressive; exacting; unfeeling; unkind; severe; unjust; stiff; distressing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. Close; near; diligently; laboriously; earnestly. Hard up, in want of money or means. To die hard, to die with a strnggle or impenitent. Hard water, that which contains some mineral substance that decomposes soap, and thus renders it unfit for washing. Hard-a-lee, an order to put the helm close to the lee-side of the ship. Hard-a-port, to the larboard or port side. Hard-a-starboard, to the starboard side. Hard-a-weather, to the windward side. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. Not easily penetrated; firm; solid; not soft; not easy to be done or executed; laborious; fatiguing; severe; oppressive; unkind; rough; sour, as applied to beer, &c.; unprosperous, as hard times; avaricious and exacting; in the fine arts, applied to a style which rejects the graces and too rigidly adheres to the mere mechanism of art. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  59. Close; near; earnestly; diligently, as to read hard, to work hard; importunately; nimbly; with great force. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  60. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  61. härd, adj. not easily penetrated, firm, solid: difficult to understand or accomplish: violent, vehement: rigorous: close, earnest, industrious: coarse, scanty: stingy, niggardly: difficult to bear, painful: unjust: difficult to please: unfeeling: severe: stiff: constrained: intractable, resistant in some use, as water, &c.: strong, spirituous: (of silk) without having the natural gum boiled off: surd or breathed, as opposed to sonant or voiced.--n. a firm beach or foreshore: hard labour.--adv. with urgency, vigour, &c.: earnestly, forcibly: with difficulty: close, near, as in HARD BY.--adv. HARD-A-LEE, close to the lee-side, &c.--adj. HARD'-AND-FAST', rigidly laid down and adhered to.--adv. HARD APORT! a command instructing the helmsman to turn the tiller to the left or port side of the ship, thus causing the ship to swerve to the right or starboard.--ns. HARD'-BAKE, a sweetmeat made of boiled sugar and almonds; HARD'BEAM, the hornbeam.--adjs. HARD'-BILLED, having a hard bill or beak--of birds; HARD'-BITT'EN, given to hard biting, tough in fight; HARD'-CURED, cured thoroughly, as fish, by drying in the sun.--n. HARD'-DRINK'ER, a constant drunkard.--adj. HARD'-EARNED, earned with toil or difficulty.--v.t. HARD'EN, to make hard or harder: to make firm: to strengthen: to confirm in wickedness: to make insensible.--v.i. to become hard or harder, either lit. or fig.--adj. HARD'ENED, made hard, unfeeling.--n. HARD'ENER.--adj. HARD'-FAV'OURED, having coarse features.--n. HARD'-FAV'OUREDNESS.--adj. HARD'-FEAT'URED, of hard, coarse, or forbidding features.--n. HARD'-FEAT'UREDNESS.--adjs. HARD'-FIST'ED, having hard or strong fists or hands: close-fisted: niggardly; HARD'-FOUGHT, sorely contested; HARD'-GOTT'EN, obtained with difficulty; HARD'-GRAINED, having a close firm grain: uninviting.--n. HARD'-HACK, the steeple-bush, an erect shrub of the rose family, with rose-coloured or white flowers.--adjs. HARD'-HAND'ED, having hard hands: rough: severe; HARD'-HEAD'ED, shrewd, intelligent; HARD'-HEART'ED, having a hard or unfeeling heart: cruel.--adv. HARD'-HEART'EDLY.--n. HARD'-HEART'EDNESS.--adj. HARD'ISH, somewhat hard.--n. HARD'-L[=A]'BOUR, labour imposed on certain classes of criminals during their imprisonment.--adv. HARD'LY, with difficulty: scarcely, not quite: severely, harshly.--adj. HARD'-MOUTHED, having a mouth hard or insensible to the bit: not easily managed.--n. HARD'-PAN, the hard detritus often underlying the superficial soil: the lowest level.--adjs. HARD'-RULED (Shak.), ruled with difficulty; HARD'-RUN, greatly pressed; HARD'-SET, beset by difficulty: rigid; HARD'-SHELL, having a hard shell: rigidly orthodox.--ns. HARD'SHIP, a hard state, or that which is hard to bear, as toil, injury, &c.; HARD'-TACK, ship-biscuit.--adj. HARD'-VIS'AGED, of a hard, coarse, or forbidding visage.--ns. HARD'WARE, trade name for all sorts of articles made of the baser metals, such as iron or copper; HARD'WAREMAN.--adj. HARD'-WON, won with toil and difficulty.--n.pl. HARD'WOOD-TREES, forest trees of comparatively slow growth, producing compact hard timber, as oak, ash, elm, walnut, beech, birch, &c.--HARD HIT, seriously hurt, as by a loss of money: deeply smitten with love; HARD LINES, a hard lot; HARD METAL, an alloy of two parts of copper with one of tin for gun metal; HARD MONEY, money emphatically, prop. coin; HARD OF HEARING, pretty deaf; HARD SWEARING, swearing (as a witness) persistently to what is false, perjury; HARD UP, short of money.--BE HARD PUT TO IT, to be in great straits or difficulty; DIE HARD, to die only after a desperate struggle for life. [A.S. heard; Dut. hard, Ger. hart, Goth. hardus; allied to Gr. kratys, strong.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  62. That which offers much resistance. In anatomy. the hard parts are those which compose the osseous basis of the body; in other words, the skeleton. See Pulse, hard. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  63. [Latin] Not yielding readily to pressure or cutting; resistant to the touch; as H. cancer (scirrhus), H. cataract, H. chancre (see Chancre). H. rubber, see under Caoutchouc. na
  64. [Latin] Of water, resisting the action of soap; forming a lather with difficulty; a condition due to the presence of salts of calcium or magnesium, which produce insoluble precipitates with the soap. Such salts are often held in solution by dissolved carbon dioxide, as in many spring-waters, so that the hardness is removed by boiling, which expels this gas (temporary hardness). In other cases the hardness is permanent. na
  65. Firm, unyielding to touch, solid; h. cash, specie, as opp. to paper currency; difficult (to do); h. of hearing, somewhat deaf; difficult to understand or explain, as h. words, question; (of person or conduct) unfeeling, harsh; stingy; difficult to bear, as h. life, times, LINES; h. (severe) winter; a h. bargain (without concession); harsh, unpleasant, to eye or ear; h. water (unfit for washing owing to its mineral salts); (of markets and prices) high, unyielding; (Phonetics) k, t, and p, are h. as opposed to g, d, & b, c is h. in cat, g is h. in go; strenuous, as h. fight, h. labour (imposed on some criminals), h. worker; (n.) firm beach or jetty for landing; (adv.) strenuously, severely, as try h., raining h., freezing h., h. pressed (closely pursued); with difficulty, as h.-earned (cf. HARDLY), h.- baked, -boiled, (so as to be h.); be h. put to it, be in difficulties; die h. (only after h. struggle); it will go h. with him (prove to his disadvantage); it shall go h. but (short of overpowering difficulties) I will find them; h. by, close by; h. upon, close to; run (person) h., pursue him closely; h. & fast, (of rules) strict; h.-bake, almond toffee; h.-bitten, tough in fight; h.- favoured, -featured, of harsh or ugly features; h.-fisted, stingy; h.-headed, practical, not sentimental; h.-hearted, unfeeling, so h. -heartedly, -ness; h.-mouthed, (of horse) not easily controlled by bit (also fig.); h.-set, set so as to be h., (of egg) that has been subjected to incubation; hardshell, having a h. shell, (fig.) rigid, uncompromising, esp. (United States) Hardshell Baptists; h.-tack, ship-biscuit; h.-up, in want (esp. of money), at a loss for, (Naut., adv., of tiller) as far as possible to windward; hardware, ironmongery; hardwareman, dealer in this; hardwood, wood of deciduous trees as opposed to pines and firs. Hence hardness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  66. (up)on, too severe in criticism or treatment of (don\'t be too h. on him), (of circumstances) bearing with undue severity on; h. row to hoe, difficult task. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  67. (Naut.) A hardy seaman is said to be H. a-weather. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  68. (Naut.) H. a-lee, when the rudder is to windward ; or the order so to place it. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  69. (Naut.) H. a-port, when the rudder is to starboard ; or the order so to place it. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  70. (Naut.) H. a-starboard, when the rudder is to port ; or the order so to place it. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  71. (Naut.) H. a-weather, or up, when the rudder is to leeward ; or the order so to place it. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  72. adv. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently: earnestly;— with difficulty;— uneasily; closely; nearly; rapidly; nimbly;—forcibly; violently. Cabinet Dictionary
  73. Firm, resisting penetration or separation; difficult, not easy to the intellect; difficult of accomplishment; painful, distressful, laborious; cruel, oppressive, rigorous; four, rough, severe; in sensible, untouched; unhappy, vexatious; vehement, keen, severe, as a hard winter; unreasonable, unjust; forced, not easily granted; austere; rough, as liquids; harsh, stiff, constrained; not plentiful, not prosperous; avaricious, faultily sparing. Complete Dictionary
  74. Close, near, as hard by; diligently, laboriously, incessantly; uneasily, vexatiously, distressfully; fast, nimbly; with difficulty; tempestuously, boisterously. Complete Dictionary

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