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hard - Dictionary definition and meaning for word hard

Definition
(adj) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
Synonyms : difficult
Example Sentence
  • a difficult task
  • nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access
  • difficult times
  • why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?

Definition
(adj) dispassionate
Example Sentence
  • took a hard look
  • a hard bargainer

Definition
(adj) resisting weight or pressure
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(adj) very strong or vigorous
Synonyms : knockout , severe
Example Sentence
  • strong winds
  • a hard left to the chin
  • a knockout punch
  • a severe blow

Definition
(adj) characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) produced without vibration of the vocal cords
Synonyms : surd , unvoiced , voiceless
Example Sentence
  • unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'

Definition
(adj) (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
Synonyms : concentrated

Definition
(adj) (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
Example Sentence
  • Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants

Definition
(adj) given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
Synonyms : heavy , intemperate
Example Sentence
  • a hard drinker

Definition
(adj) being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
Synonyms : strong
Example Sentence
  • hard liquor

Definition
(adj) unfortunate or hard to bear
Synonyms : tough
Example Sentence
  • had hard luck
  • a tough break

Definition
(adj) dried out
Example Sentence
  • hard dry rolls left over from the day before

Definition
(adv) with effort or force or vigor
Example Sentence
  • the team played hard
  • worked hard all day
  • pressed hard on the lever
  • hit the ball hard
  • slammed the door hard

Definition
(adv) with firmness
Synonyms : firmly
Example Sentence
  • held hard to the railing

Definition
(adv) earnestly or intently
Example Sentence
  • thought hard about it
  • stared hard at the accused

Definition
(adv) causing great damage or hardship
Synonyms : severely
Example Sentence
  • industries hit hard by the depression
  • she was severely affected by the bank's failure

Definition
(adv) slowly and with difficulty
Example Sentence
  • prejudices die hard

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(adv) indulging excessively
Synonyms : heavily , intemperately
Example Sentence
  • he drank heavily

Definition
(adv) into a solid condition
Example Sentence
  • concrete that sets hard within a few hours

Definition
(adv) very near or close in space or time
Example Sentence
  • it stands hard by the railroad tracks
  • they were hard on his heels
  • a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening

Definition
(adv) with pain or distress or bitterness
Example Sentence
  • he took the rejection very hard

Definition
(adv) to the full extent possible; all the way
Example Sentence
  • hard alee
  • the ship went hard astern
  • swung the wheel hard left

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