Definition of Hard

1. Adjective. Not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure. "Why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

2. Adverb. With effort or force or vigor. "Slammed the door hard"

3. Adjective. Dispassionate. "A hard bargainer"

4. Adverb. With firmness. "Held hard to the railing"
Exact synonyms: Firmly

5. Adjective. Resisting weight or pressure.

6. Adverb. Earnestly or intently. "Stared hard at the accused"

7. Adjective. Very strong or vigorous. "A severe blow"
Exact synonyms: Knockout, Severe
Similar to: Strong
Derivative terms: Severeness

8. Adverb. Causing great damage or hardship. "She was severely affected by the bank's failure"
Exact synonyms: Severely
Partainyms: Severe

9. Adjective. Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort. "Set a punishing pace"

10. Adverb. Slowly and with difficulty. "Prejudices die hard"

11. Adjective. Produced without vibration of the vocal cords. "Unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'"
Exact synonyms: Surd, Unvoiced, Voiceless
Similar to: Whispered
Antonyms: Voiced
Derivative terms: Voicelessness

12. Adverb. Indulging excessively. "He drank heavily"
Exact synonyms: Heavily, Intemperately
Antonyms: Lightly
Partainyms: Intemperate

13. Adjective. (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source.
Exact synonyms: Concentrated
Antonyms: Soft

14. Adverb. Into a solid condition. "Concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
Partainyms: Hardened

15. Adjective. (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum. "Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants"
Similar to: Velar
Antonyms: Soft

16. Adverb. Very near or close in space or time. "A strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"

17. Adjective. Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors. "A hard drinker"
Exact synonyms: Heavy, Intemperate
Similar to: Indulgent
Derivative terms: Intemperateness, Intemperateness

18. Adverb. With pain or distress or bitterness. "He took the rejection very hard"

19. Adjective. Being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content. "Hard liquor"
Exact synonyms: Strong
Similar to: Alcoholic

20. Adverb. To the full extent possible; all the way. "Swung the wheel hard left"

21. Adjective. Unfortunate or hard to bear. "A tough break"
Exact synonyms: Tough
Similar to: Bad
Derivative terms: Hardness

22. Adjective. Dried out. "Hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
Similar to: Stale

Definition of Hard

1. a. 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. adv. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.

3. v. t. To harden; to make hard.

4. n. A ford or passage across a river or swamp.

Definition of Hard

1. Adjective. Resistant to pressure. ¹

2. Adjective. Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand ¹

3. Adjective. Demanding a lot of effort to endure. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of a person) , severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal. ¹

5. Adjective. Unquestionable. ¹

6. Adjective. Of drink, strong. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: of a road intersection) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle. ¹

8. Adjective. Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds. ¹

9. Adjective. (slang vulgar of a male) Sexually aroused. ¹

10. Adjective. (bodybuilding) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise. ¹

11. Adjective. (physics) Of a ferromagnetic material, having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft) ¹

12. Adverb. (context: manner) With much force or effort. ¹

13. Adverb. (context: manner) With difficulty. ¹

14. Adverb. (context: manner) Compactly. ¹

15. Adverb. (context: now archaic) Near, close. ¹

16. Noun. (nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water ¹

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Definition of Hard

1. firm and unyielding [adj HARDER, HARDEST]

Medical Definition of Hard

1. 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. "And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince." (Dryden) "My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself." (Shak) 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 xviii.7) Hard by, near by; close at hand; not far off. "Hard by a cottage chimney smokes." . Hard pushed, Hard run, greatly pressed; as, he was hard pushed or hard run for time, money, etc. Hard up, closely pressed by want or necessity; without money or resources; as, hard up for amusements. 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. Origin: OE. Harde, AS. Hearde. 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 cure. 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." (Addison) 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." (Dryden) 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. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the colouring or light and shade. Hard cancer, Hard case, etc. See Cancer, Case, etc. Hard clam, or Hard-shelled clam, 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 money. Hard oyster, the northern native oyster. 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 Rubber. Hard solder. See 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. Synonym: Solid, arduous, powerful, trying, unyielding, stubborn, stern, flinty, unfeeling, harsh, difficult, severe, obdurate, rigid. See Solid, and Arduous. Origin: OE. Heard, AS. Heard; akin to OS. & D. Heard, G. Hart, OHG. Harti, Icel. Harr, Dan. Haard, Sw. Hard, 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. Gf.Hardy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hard

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