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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 Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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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