What does harden mean?

Definitions for harden
ˈhɑr dnhard·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harden, indurateverb

    become hard or harder

    "The wax hardened"

  2. harden, indurateverb

    make hard or harder

    "The cold hardened the butter"

  3. temper, hardenverb

    harden by reheating and cooling in oil

    "temper steel"

  4. season, hardenverb

    make fit

    "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"

  5. inure, harden, indurateverb

    cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate

    "He was inured to the cold"


  1. hardenverb

    To become hard.

  2. hardenverb

    To make something hard(er).

  3. hardenverb

    To become or make a person or thing resistant or less sensitive.

    When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. KJV, Exodus 4:21

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Hardenverb

    Etymology: from hard.

    Sure he, who first the passage try’d,
    In harden’d oak his heart did hide,
    And ribs of iron arm’d his side,
    Who tempted first the briny flood. Dryden.

    A piece of the hardened marl. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    But exhort one another daily, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebr. iii. 13.

    He stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the Lord. 2 Chro. xxxvi. 13.

    It is a melancholy consideration, that there should be several among us so hardened and deluded as to think an oath a proper subject for a jest. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Our religion sets before us not the example of a stupid stoick, who had by obstinate principles hardened himself against all sense of pain; but an example of a man like ourselves, that had a tender sense of the least suffering, and yet patiently endured the greatest. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Years have not yet hardened me, and I have an addition of weight on my spirits since we lost him. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.

    Then should I yet have comfort? yea, I would harden myself in sorrow. Job vi. 10.

    One raises the soul, and hardens it to virtue; the other softens it again, and unbends it into vice. Dryden.

  2. To Hardenverb

    To grow hard.

    Etymology: from hard.

    The powder of loadstone and flint, by the addition of whites of eggs and gum-dragon, made into paste, will in a few days harden to the hardness of a stone. Francis Bacon, Natural History.


  1. harden

    To harden means to become or make something firm, rigid, or solid, often due to a decrease in temperature or through a chemical process. It can also refer to the process of making something more resistant or robust, or to become tough or unfeeling emotionally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hardenverb

    to make hard or harder; to make firm or compact; to indurate; as, to harden clay or iron

  2. Hardenverb

    to accustom by labor or suffering to endure with constancy; to strengthen; to stiffen; to inure; also, to confirm in wickedness or shame; to make unimpressionable

  3. Hardenverb

    to become hard or harder; to acquire solidity, or more compactness; as, mortar hardens by drying

  4. Hardenverb

    to become confirmed or strengthened, in either a good or a bad sense

  5. Etymology: [OE. hardnen, hardenen.]


  1. Harden

    Harden-Murrumburrah is a township and community in the centre of Harden Shire and is located in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales in Australia and is adjacent to both the Canberra region of the Australian Capital Territory and the Riverina Region in the southwest area of NSW. The town is a twin town between Harden and Murrumburrah. The shire is traversed by the Burley Griffin Way, the major link from and between the extra supportive the Riverina to the Hume Highway near Yass, and ultimately Sydney, Canberra and the coast. Cunningham Creek runs along the edge of the town. The Olympic Highway traverses the western end of the shire and is the major link through the central west to the Blue Mountains and from there to the Sydney region. Harden is 3½ hours away by road from Sydney, and 1½ hours from Canberra and Wagga Wagga. The shire is accessible via the XPT passenger rail service.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Harden is ranked #1322 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Harden surname appeared 26,617 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Harden.

    58.3% or 15,539 total occurrences were White.
    35.8% or 9,548 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 695 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 532 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 202 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 101 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harden in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of harden in a Sentence

  1. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul:

    What's going to happen is it's going to harden people's resolve on this issue, i think what's going to happen is that state and localities are just going to opt out of the marriage business.

  2. Lance Avraham Pena:

    I turned my head and it was unbelievable, I saw Lil Baby and James Harden ... they are standing and are being frisked.

  3. Alex Stamos:

    You have a relatively small number of people with very large followings who have the ability to find a narrative somewhere, pick it out of obscurity — one tweet, one photo, one video — and harden it into these narratives.

  4. Antonio Barroso:

    The good result of the extreme-left Left Bloc will force the Socialists to harden their stance towards the government, which does not bode well for political stability over the medium term.

  5. David Gelfand:

    A political appointee who runs a law enforcement agency doesn’t get to re-envision the law, the law is what the law is. It’s been developed through decades of cases, economic work… I think all he accomplished in this case was to harden the law in an area where he would like to see it moved.

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