What does HARD mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hard(adj)

    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

    "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?"

  2. hard(adj)


    "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";

  3. hard(adj)

    resisting weight or pressure

  4. hard, knockout, severe(adj)

    very strong or vigorous

    "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

  5. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome(adj)

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    "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"

  6. unvoiced, voiceless, surd, hard(adj)

    produced without vibration of the vocal cords

    "unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'"

  7. hard, concentrated(adj)

    (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

  8. hard(adj)

    (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"

  9. intemperate, hard, heavy(adj)

    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    "a hard drinker"

  10. hard, strong(adj)

    being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content

    "hard liquor"

  11. hard, tough(adj)

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. hard(adverb)

    dried out

    "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"

  13. hard(adverb)

    with effort or force or vigor

    "the team played hard"; "worked hard all day"; "pressed hard on the lever"; "hit the ball hard"; "slammed the door hard"

  14. hard, firmly(adverb)

    with firmness

    "held hard to the railing"

  15. hard(adverb)

    earnestly or intently

    "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"

  16. hard, severely(adverb)

    causing great damage or hardship

    "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's failure"

  17. hard(adverb)

    slowly and with difficulty

    "prejudices die hard"

  18. heavily, intemperately, hard(adverb)

    indulging excessively

    "he drank heavily"

  19. hard(adverb)

    into a solid condition

    "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"

  20. hard(adverb)

    very near or close in space or time

    "it stands hard by the railroad tracks"; "they were hard on his heels"; "a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"

  21. hard(adverb)

    with pain or distress or bitterness

    "he took the rejection very hard"

  22. hard(adverb)

    to the full extent possible; all the way

    "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"


  1. hard(Noun)

    A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water

  2. hard(Adverb)

    With much force or effort.

  3. hard(Adverb)

    With difficulty.

    His degree was hard earned.

  4. hard(Adverb)


    The lake had finally frozen hard.

  5. hard(Adverb)

    Near, close.

  6. hard(Adjective)

    Resistant to pressure.

  7. hard(Adjective)

    Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand

    a hard problem

  8. hard(Adjective)

    Demanding a lot of effort to endure.

    a hard life

  9. hard(Adjective)

    , severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.

  10. hard(Adjective)


    hard evidence

  11. hard(Adjective)

    Of drink, strong.

  12. hard(Adjective)

    Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.

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

  13. hard(Adjective)

    Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.

  14. hard(Adjective)

    Sexually aroused.

    I got so hard watching two hot guys wrestle each other on the beach.

  15. hard(Adjective)

    Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.

  16. hard(Adjective)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hard

    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. Hard

    difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem

  3. Hard

    difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure

  4. Hard

    difficult to resist or control; powerful

  5. Hard

    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

  6. Hard

    difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character

  7. Hard

    not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style

  8. Hard

    rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider

  9. Hard

    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. Hard

    wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone

  11. Hard

    rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition

  12. Hard

    having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade

  13. Hard(adverb)

    with pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly

  14. Hard(adverb)

    with difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard

  15. Hard(adverb)

    uneasily; vexatiously; slowly

  16. Hard(adverb)

    so as to raise difficulties

  17. Hard(adverb)

    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

  18. Hard(adverb)

    close or near

  19. Hard(verb)

    to harden; to make hard

  20. Hard(noun)

    a ford or passage across a river or swamp

  21. Origin: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]


  1. Hard

    Hard is the fourth studio album by the English post-punk group Gang of Four. It was originally released in 1983 on Warner Bros. Records and was the first album to not feature original member Hugo Burnham, while Dave Allen had already left before the previous album, Songs of the Free. The album was later reissued as part of a two-CD package along with the band's 1981 album Solid Gold.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hard

    härd, adj. not easily penetrated, firm, solid: difficult to understand or accomplish: violent, vehement: rigorous: close, earnest, industrious: coarse, scanty: stingy, niggardly: difficult to bear, painful: unjust: difficult to please: unfeeling: severe: stiff: constrained: intractable, resistant in some use, as water, &c.: strong, spirituous: (of silk) without having the natural gum boiled off: surd or breathed, as opposed to sonant or voiced.—n. a firm beach or foreshore: hard labour.—adv. with urgency, vigour, &c.: earnestly, forcibly: with difficulty: close, near, as in Hard by.—adv. Hard-a-lee, close to the lee-side, &c.—adj. Hard′-and-fast′, rigidly laid down and adhered to.—adv. Hard aport! a command instructing the helmsman to turn the tiller to the left or port side of the ship, thus causing the ship to swerve to the right or starboard.—ns. Hard′-bake, a sweetmeat made of boiled sugar and almonds; Hard′beam, the hornbeam.—adjs. Hard′-billed, having a hard bill or beak—of birds; Hard′-bitt′en, given to hard biting, tough in fight; Hard′-cured, cured thoroughly, as fish, by drying in the sun.—n. Hard′-drink′er, a constant drunkard.—adj. Hard′-earned, earned with toil or difficulty.—v.t. Hard′en, to make hard or harder: to make firm: to strengthen: to confirm in wickedness: to make insensible.—v.i. to become hard or harder, either lit. or fig.—adj. Hard′ened, made hard, unfeeling.—n. Hard′ener.—adj. Hard′-fav′oured, having coarse features.—n. Hard′-fav′ouredness.—adj. Hard′-feat′ured, of hard, coarse, or forbidding features.—n. Hard′-feat′uredness.—adjs. Hard′-fist′ed, having hard or strong fists or hands: close-fisted: niggardly; Hard′-fought, sorely contested; Hard′-gott′en, obtained with difficulty; Hard′-grained, having a close firm grain: uninviting.—n. Hard′-hack, the steeple-bush, an erect shrub of the rose family, with rose-coloured or white flowers.—adjs. Hard′-hand′ed, having hard hands: rough: severe; Hard′-head′ed, shrewd, intelligent; Hard′-heart′ed, having a hard or unfeeling heart: cruel.—adv. Hard′-heart′edly.—n. Hard′-heart′edness.—adj. Hard′ish, somewhat hard.—n. Hard′-lā′bour, labour imposed on certain classes of criminals during their imprisonment.—adv. Hard′ly, with difficulty: scarcely, not quite: severely, harshly.—adj. Hard′-mouthed, having a mouth hard or insensible to the bit: not easily managed.—n.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hard

    A road-path made through mud for landing at. (See ARD.)

Editors Contribution

  1. hard

    Used to describe a substance or material that is solid when touched.

    When chocolate comes out of the fridge it is hard. When you touch the table it feels hard in contrast to the soft feel of the cushions on the chair.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on April 29, 2015  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HARD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #642

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HARD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #567

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HARD' in Adverbs Frequency: #133

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HARD' in Adjectives Frequency: #62

How to pronounce HARD?

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How to say HARD in sign language?

  1. hard


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HARD in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HARD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of HARD in a Sentence

  1. Rosie Granados:

    It's hard for me.

  2. Chad Anderson:

    Deals will be hard.

  3. Taylor Krause:

    It's hard coming back.

  4. The President:

    You've got a hard job.

  5. George Kiru:

    It is a hard life here.

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