Hard

Adjective

  • (phonetics, not comparable)
  • (art) Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment.
  • Resistant to pressure.

    "This bread is so stale and hard, I can barely cut it."

  • (not comparable) In the form of a hard copy.

    "We need both a digital archive and a hard archive."

  • (physics, of a ferromagnetic material) Having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft).
  • Demanding a lot of effort to endure.

    "a hard life"

  • (dated) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  • (bodybuilding) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.
  • Unvoiced

    "Hard k, t, s, ch, as distinguished from soft, g, d, z, j"

  • (of material or fluid) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
  • Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.
  • (of water) High in dissolved calcium compounds.
  • Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand.

    "a hard problem"

  • Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.

    "don't be so hard on yourself"

  • (of a road intersection) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.

    "At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the hard left."

  • Plosive.

    "There is a hard c in "clock" and a soft c in "centre"."

  • Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
  • (of drink) Strong.
  • (personal or social) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
  • Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.

    "a hard master;  a hard heart;  hard words;  a hard character"

  • Unquestionable.

    "hard evidence"

Adverb

  • (now archaic) Near, close.
  • (manner) With much force or effort.

    "At the intersection, bear hard left."

  • (manner) With difficulty.

    "His degree was hard earned."

  • (manner) Compactly.

    "The lake had finally frozen hard."

  • (manner) With much force or effort.

    "They worked hard all week."

  • "Think hard about your choices."

  • (obsolete) So as to raise difficulties.
  • (manner) With much force or effort.

    "He hit the puck hard up the ice."

  • "The recession hit them especially hard."

  • (manner) With difficulty.

    "The vehicle moves hard."

Noun

  • (drugs, colloquial, slang) crack cocaine.
  • (nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.

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