What does hard mean?

Definitions for hard

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hardadjective

    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. hardadjective


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

  3. hardadjective

    resisting weight or pressure

  4. hard, knockout, severeadjective

    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, toilsomeadjective

    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, hardadjective

    produced without vibration of the vocal cords

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

  7. hard, concentratedadjective

    (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

  8. hardadjective

    (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, heavyadjective

    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    "a hard drinker"

  10. hard, strongadjective

    being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content

    "hard liquor"

  11. hard, toughadjective

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. hardadverb

    dried out

    "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"

  13. hardadverb

    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, firmlyadverb

    with firmness

    "held hard to the railing"

  15. hardadverb

    earnestly or intently

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

  16. hard, severelyadverb

    causing great damage or hardship

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

  17. hardadverb

    slowly and with difficulty

    "prejudices die hard"

  18. heavily, intemperately, hardadverb

    indulging excessively

    "he drank heavily"

  19. hardadverb

    into a solid condition

    "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"

  20. hardadverb

    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. hardadverb

    with pain or distress or bitterness

    "he took the rejection very hard"

  22. hardadverb

    to the full extent possible; all the way

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


  1. hardnoun

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

  2. hardadverb

    With much force or effort.

  3. hardadverb

    With difficulty.

    His degree was hard earned.

  4. hardadverb


    The lake had finally frozen hard.

  5. hardadverb

    Near, close.

  6. hardadjective

    Resistant to pressure.

  7. hardadjective

    Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand

    a hard problem

  8. hardadjective

    Demanding a lot of effort to endure.

    a hard life

  9. hardadjective

    Of drink, strong.

  10. hardadjective

    Of water, high in dissolved calcium compounds.

  11. hardadjective

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

  12. hardadjective

    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.

  13. hardadjective

    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

  14. hardadjective


    hard evidence

  15. hardadjective

    Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.

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

  16. hardadjective

    Sexually aroused.

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

  17. hardadjective

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

  18. hardadjective

    Plosive. Unvoiced Velarized or plain, rather than palatalized

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

  19. hardadjective

    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.

  20. hardadjective

    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

  21. hardadjective

    Far, extreme.

    hard right, hard left

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. Hardadverb

    with pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly

  14. Hardadverb

    with difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard

  15. Hardadverb

    uneasily; vexatiously; slowly

  16. Hardadverb

    so as to raise difficulties

  17. Hardadverb

    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. Hardadverb

    close or near

  19. Hardverb

    to harden; to make hard

  20. Hardnoun

    a ford or passage across a river or swamp

  21. Etymology: [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.)

Rap Dictionary

  1. hardadverb

    Tough. "Cause I'm too hard to lift" -- Dr. Dre (Let me ride).

  2. hardadverb

    Erected. "Ya dicks on hard" -- Easy E (Gimme Dat Nutt)

  3. hardadverb

    crack is hard form of cocaine as in coke is soft

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  1. HARD

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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

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  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. David Zweig:

    It's very clear when there's external hostility towards China, the people do tend to become more nationalistic. And the( Chinese Communist) Party plays on Chinese Communist, people feel the Chinese ethnicity is under attack. They get very defensive. And it makes it very hard for more rational voices to speak out.

  2. From Petronii Arbitri Satyricon AD 66 (Attributed to Gaius Petronus, a Roman General who later committed suicide):

    We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.

  3. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl:

    They're a really good team. I don't think their record does them justice, they play really hard. ... They were a really tough team defensively.


    Faith is of paramount importance. As a matter of fact, it takes faith to persevere all through hard times, trials and challenges. Moreover, it takes faith to believe that what the future or tomorrow holds in stock is far much greater than whatever the past or yesterday has already offered i.e. it takes faith to acknowledge and believe it is possible that the best or the greatest of good old days or yester years is probable to become the worst or the least of what is yet to come i.e. what is ahead of you. Besides, it takes faith to leap and reap God's promises, healing, health, breakthrough and even salvation of human soul. Yes! it is written in (John 11:40) "if only you would believe, you shall see or receive the glory of God". Permit me to tell you that the importance of faith is synonymous with importance of love and money. Oh! yes, love is also of paramount importance. No wonder the scripture says in (1st Corianthians 13:2) It says "whoever that doesn't love is "NOTHING" i.e. irrespective of your social status, qualification and affluence. For the fact you don't love all and sundry, you are "WORTHLESS" in God's sight. Come to think of money, the scripture says in (Ecclesiastes 10:19) it says "money answers all things and not at all some things''. Obviously that infers, as long as you are still living you can't do without money. Moreover, with regard to faith itself which is the subject matter, the scripture says in (Hebrews 10:38) it says "the just shall live by faith, but if anyone draws back my soul will have no pleasure in him" i.e. the person in question. Likewise, the scripture says in (Hebrews 11: 6) it says, "without faith it is impossible to please God". Now, all of the above indicates, it takes nothing else to please God almighty except faith. Besides, all of the above illustrations evidently signifies, faith is truly of paramount importance. So, if you've been faithless all the while. Hence forth, reawaken your senses and then become and remain faithful no matter what happens. I mean, admit the importance of faith, imbibe it (faith) as your attitude, profess it convincingly and undoubtedly too. As well, live with/by it on daily basis. For, that's just expected of you. ~Emeasoba George.

  5. Yang Uk:

    Given the scale, it is hard to believe this is a real hydrogen bomb, they could have tested some middle stage kind (of device) between an A-bomb and H-bomb, but unless they come up with any clear evidence, it is difficult to trust their claim.

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