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Dictionary definition for: Hard

1. (a) 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" "a difficult child" "found himself in a difficult situation" "why i

2. (r) 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"

3. (r) with firmness; "held hard to the railing"

4. (a) metaphorically hard; "a hard fate" "took a hard look" "a hard bargainer" "a hard climb"

5. (r) earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it" "stared hard at the accused"

6. (a) not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated; "hard as rock"

7. (r) causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression" "she was severely affected by the bank''s failure"

8. (s) very strong or vigorous; "strong winds" "a hard left to the chin" "a knockout punch" "a severe blow"

9. (s) characterized by toilsome 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

10. (r) slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"

11. (a) of speech sounds

12. (r) indulging excessively; "he drank heavily"

13. (r) into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"

14. (s) having undergone fermentation; "hard cider"

15. (r) 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"

16. (s) having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor"

17. (r) with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard"

18. (r) to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee" "the ship went hard astern" "swung the wheel hard left"

19. (s) unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck" "a tough break"

20. (s) dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"

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