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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)

    dispassionate

    "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"

Wiktionary

  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)

    Compactly.

    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)

    Of drink, strong.

  10. hard(Adjective)

    Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.

  11. hard(Adjective)

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

  12. hard(Adjective)

    Having a severe property; presenting difficulty. Resistant to pressure. Strong. High in dissolved chemical salts, especially those of calcium. Having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity. Made up of parallel rays, producing clearly defined shadows.

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

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  13. hard(Adjective)

    Having a severe property; presenting difficulty. Difficult or requiring a lot of effort to do, understand, experience, or deal with. Demanding a lot of effort to endure. Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.

    a hard problem;  a hard question;  a hard topic

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  14. hard(Adjective)

    Unquestionable.

    hard evidence

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  15. 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.

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  16. hard(Adjective)

    Sexually aroused.

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

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  17. hard(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  18. hard(Adjective)

    Plosive. Unvoiced Velarized or plain, rather than palatalized

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

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  19. hard(Adjective)

    Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  20. hard(Adjective)

    In a physical form, not digital. Using a manual or physical process, not by means of a software command.

    a soft or hard copy ; a digital or hard archive

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

  21. hard(Adjective)

    Far, extreme.

    hard right, hard left

    Etymology: From Middle English hard, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kort-ús, from *kret- ("strong, powerful") . Cognate with German hart, Swedish hård, Ancient Greek κρατύς ( kratús ) , Sanskrit क्रतु ( krátu ) , Avestan

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  2. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  3. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  4. Hard

    difficult to resist or control; powerful

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  7. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  8. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  10. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  11. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  12. Hard

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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  13. Hard(adverb)

    with pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  14. Hard(adverb)

    with difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  15. Hard(adverb)

    uneasily; vexatiously; slowly

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  16. Hard(adverb)

    so as to raise difficulties

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  18. Hard(adverb)

    close or near

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  19. Hard(verb)

    to harden; to make hard

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

  20. Hard(noun)

    a ford or passage across a river or swamp

    Etymology: [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]

Freebase

  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.)

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  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?

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Numerology

  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. President James R. Ramsey:

    I want to personally apologize for the recent incident and any pain that it may have caused our students, faculty, staff and the community. We did not intend to cause harm or to be insensitive, i hope this doesn't detract from the hard work we -- the entire UofL community -- have done and continue to do in building an inclusive, supportive, welcoming campus for all our university family.

  2. Kurt Busch:

    Tony went through some tough spots. I've been through some tough spots, it's about persevering and pushing hard and believing in the people around you and having a good support system.

  3. John Klassen:

    The police departments in Minneapolis... are very hard institutions to change overnight, small steps are not to be looked down upon if they keep going forward over the course of many years.

  4. Austin Chronicle:

    It's hard to take your eye off of the Trump train. I think the conference organizers recognize that this year, more than any other year, the conversation will sway toward the political, despite what they would like to happen, (SXSW) is not designed to be a liberal thing, but the messaging is often liberal.

  5. Amy Klobuchar:

    My heart is full tonight, while there are still ballots left to count, we have beaten the odds every step of the way, we have done it on the merits, we have done it with ideas, and we have done it with hard work.

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