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Definition of "hard" []

  • Resistant to pressure; not readily penetrated. (adjective)
  • Physically toughened; rugged. (adjective)
  • Mentally toughened; strong-minded. (adjective)
  • Requiring great effort or endurance: a hard assignment. (adjective)
  • Performed with or marked by great diligence or energy: a project that required years of hard work. (adjective)
  • Firm or rigid; not easily dented, crushed, or pierced (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Toughened by or as if by physical labour; not soft or smooth (adjective)
  • Difficult to do or accomplish; arduous (adjective)
  • Difficult to understand or perceive (adjective)
  • Showing or requiring considerable physical or mental energy, effort, or application (adjective)
  • Stern, cold, or intractable (adjective)
  • Exacting; demanding (adjective)
  • Harsh; cruel (adjective)
  • Inflicting pain, sorrow, distress, or hardship (adjective)
  • Tough or adamant (adjective)
  • Forceful or violent (adjective)
  • Cool or uncompromising (adjective)
  • Indisputable; real (adjective)
  • (of water) impairing the formation of a lather by soap (adjective)
  • Practical, shrewd, or calculating (adjective)
  • Too harsh to be pleasant (adjective)
  • (of cash, money, etc) in coin and paper rather than cheques (adjective)
  • (of currency) in strong demand, esp as a result of a good balance of payments situation (adjective)
  • (of credit) difficult to obtain; tight (adjective)
  • (of alcoholic drink) being a spirit rather than a wine, beer, etc (adjective)
  • (of a drug such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine) highly addictive (adjective)
  • (of radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays) having high energy and the ability to penetrate solids (adjective)
  • (of a vacuum) almost complete (adjective)
  • (of goods) durable (adjective)
  • Short for hard-core (adjective)
  • (of news coverage) concentrating on serious stories (adjective)
  • (not in modern technical usage) denoting the consonants c and g in English when they are pronounced as velar stops (k, g) (adjective)
  • (of consonants in the Slavonic languages) not palatalized (adjective)
  • Being heavily fortified and protected (adjective)
  • (of nuclear missiles) located underground in massively reinforced silos (adjective)
  • Politically extreme (adjective)
  • Incorrigible or disreputable (esp in the phrase a hard case) (adjective)
  • (of bread, etc) stale and old (adjective)
  • With great energy, force, or vigour (adverb)
  • As far as possible; all the way (adverb)
  • With application; earnestly or intently (adverb)
  • With great intensity, force, or violence (adverb)
  • Close; near (adverb)
  • Assiduously; devotedly (adverb)
  • With effort or difficulty (adverb)
  • (in combination) (adverb)
  • Slowly and reluctantly (adverb)
  • Any colorant that produces a harsh coarse appearance (noun)
  • A roadway across a foreshore (noun)
  • Hard labour (noun)
  • An erection of the penis (esp in the phrase get or have a hard on) (noun)

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Use "hard" in a sentence
  • "The pressure squeezes and pulls at my chest so hard, so hardÂ… so very hard, it is like you can feel the muscle fibers tearing and popping as my heart races and slows erratically."
  • "'Well, as it is your graduation from kindergarten, and next year you will be in hard school ... '~-hard school was what Shana and Sylvia called it because they had homework - "you will probably not want to hear my little story ever again.""
  • "The fact is, _I work hard and I play hard_, and I believe each is equally necessary for good health and real happiness."