• "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hardness excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n hardness the quality of being difficult to do "he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness","the ruggedness of his exams caused half the class to fail"
    • n hardness devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
    • n hardness a quality of water that contains dissolved mineral salts that prevent soap from lathering "the costs of reducing hardness depend on the relative amounts of calcium and magnesium compounds that are present"
    • n hardness the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We couldn't git her head hardly in the stable We couldn't git her head hardly in the stable
I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em
"Hard Times," 1854, vol. i. ch. i "Hard Times," 1854, vol. i. ch. i
Hard wood Hard wood
Hard work never killed anybody Hard work never killed anybody
Sugar Maple. Hard Maple. Rock Maple Sugar Maple. Hard Maple. Rock Maple

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hard Bean means the coffee was grown at an altitude above 5000 feet.
    • Hardness (Min) The cohesion of the particles on the surface of a body, determined by its capacity to scratch another, or be itself scratched; -- measured among minerals on a scale of which diamond and talc form the extremes.
    • Hardness (Chem) The peculiar quality exhibited by water which has mineral salts dissolved in it. Such water forms an insoluble compound with soap, and is hence unfit for washing purposes.
    • Hardness The quality or state of being hard, literally or figuratively. "The habit of authority also had given his manners some peremptory hardness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
    • n hardness The state or quality of being hard, in any of the senses of that word; solidity; density; difficulty of comprehension, accomplishment, control, or endurance; obduracy; harshness; severity; inclemency; adversity; roughness; uncomeliness; want of sensibility.
    • n hardness Specifically That quality in fountain-water which is imparted by the presence in excess of earthy salts, especially calcium sulphate.
    • n hardness In medicine, that quality of the pulse which is due to tension of the artery, which in this condition does not readily yield to the pressure of the finger.
    • n hardness In art and music, harshness or coldness of execution; unsympathetic treatment, as of a tone or the details of a picture; want of feeling in performance.
    • n hardness In mineralogy, the comparative capacity of a substance to scratch another or be scratched by another; the quality of bodies which enables them to resist abrasion of their surfaces. Scales have been constructed in which a set of standard bodies are arranged and numbered, and other bodies are referred to this scale in respect of hardness. The diamond is the hardest body known, and in the scale of Mohs its hardness is indicated by the number 10. The scale is as follows: Talc, 1; rock-salt, 2; calcite, 3; fluor-spar, 4; apatite, 5; feldspar, 6; rock-crystal, 7; topaz, 8; corundum, 9; diamond, 10.
    • n hardness Water, as found in nature, containing salts of lime or magnesia or both of these in considerable quantity, is said to be hard; it curdles or precipitates soap bv forming insoluble lime or magnesia salts of the fatty acids. Any lime or magnesia present in the condition of carbonate is held in solution by carbonic acid, and if this latter is driven off as carbon-dioxid gas by boiling the water, the earthy carbonates are precipitated, so that the water is to this extent softened. The part of the original hardness which is thus removable by boiling is called temporary hardness. The part due to calcium or magnesium in the condition of chlorid or sulphate is not thus removable, and is called permanent hardness. The sum of the temporary and permanent hardness constitutes the total hardness. Hardness is frequently stated in degrees, each degree representing hardness equivalent to that caused by 1 grain of calcium carbonate in 1 imperial gallon of water; or, now more commonly, 1 part of calcium carbonate in 1,000,000 parts of water.
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  • A League of Their Own Movie
    A League of Their Own Movie
    “If winning (success) was easy, then everybody would be doing it. It's the hard that makes it great!”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
  • Evelyn Ashford
    Evelyn Ashford
    “Whatever muscles I have are the product of my own hard work and nothing else.”
  • Nadia Comaneci
    Nadia Comaneci
    “Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “There is no substitute for hard work.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Love conquers all, but if love doesn't do it, try hard work”


Between a rock and a hard place - If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone.
Come on hard - If you come on hard, you are aggressive in your dealing with someone.
Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
Hard act to follow - If something or something is exceptionally good, it is difficult to replace them or take their place.
Hard as nails - A person who is as hard as nails is either physically tough or has little or no respect for other people's feelings.
Hard by - "Hard by" means mean "close to" or "near".
Hard cheese - (UK) Hard cheese means hard luck.
Hard miles - If you have done the hard miles, you have done the hard difficult work and that makes you eligible to comment or participate in something.
Hard of hearing - Someone who's hard of hearing is a bit deaf.
Hard on someone's heels - If you are hard on someone's heels, you are close to them and trying to catch or overtake them. ('Hot on someone's heels' is also used.)
Hard sell - If someone puts a lot of pressure on you to do or buy something, they are hard selling it.
Hard to come by - If something is hard to come by, it is difficult to find.
Hard up - If you are hard up, you have very little money.
Old flames die hard - It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
Play hard to get - If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. heardness,


In literature:

I never seen no hard times in my life.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The middle class, which is so numerous in other cities, hardly exists at all here.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
There was what the farmers and indeed the whole country deemed "hard times" that fall, and the "hard times" grew harder.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Files were also used to test the hardness of very hard steel.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
Failure is a hard thing to take.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
It was mighty hard work, turning out at five o'clock in the morning.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
The woman had hardly put away the dishes, which were almost as much of an idol to her as the child, when Jeanne came flying back.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
It was hardly time to put away blankets.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He had a mighty hard job sometimes, 'cause of the teaching was hard to understand.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I have also been caned hard on both hands for writing to dear Mrs Hudson, and for calling Miss Henniker bad names.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

Ah! luckless months, of all the rest,
To whose hard share it fell!
For sure his was the gentlest breast
That ever sung so well.
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
"So be it!" cried the young men,
"There needs nor doubt nor parle."
But, knitting hard his red brows,
In silence stood the Jarl.
"The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hard harted creature him to slight,
Who loved me so dearlye:
O that I had beene more kind to him,
When he was live and neare me!
"Barbara Allen's Cruelty" by Thomas Percy
Yet who would hard INDIFFERENCE choose,
Whose breast no tears can steep?
Who, for her apathy, would lose
The sacred power to weep?
"To Sensibility" by Helen Maria Williams
"Nay," she answered, deeply sighing,
As the maid grew womanish—
"Love, how hard have I been trying'
To believe the thing I wish!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
'Tis hard to smile when one could weep,
To speak when one would silent be;
To wake when one would wish to sleep,
And wake to agony.
"The Lot Of Thousands" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

Career minor leaguer threw hard, lived hard.
Some shows try too hard, and some hardly seem to be trying.
Can anybody explain to me why great modernist enamel work is so hard to find and is also so hard to sell.
And he's not hard to locate at 7 feet, 250 pounds — just hard to stop.
The Vermont Hard Cider Company now produces 70,000 cases of Woodchuck Hard Cider each week.
In this image taken on August 27, 2012, from left, glasses of hard apple cider, apple beer, and apple wine, along with, from left, bottles of beer, wine, and hard cider are shown in Concord, N.H.
Hard Disk Manager overcomes this limitation and lets you move and resize hard drive partitions without losing any data.
Anyway, hard disk , or hard drive , manufacturing companies, and _ to make things worse _ other companies that supplied parts to the hard drive manufacturers, were both clobbered.
The system would be based upon the ability to record on a hard drive , and that same hard drive would be brought to the edit suite, where it would be used as a media drive on the editor.
SSDs Rock on Hard-Drive -Intensive Tasks We did see decisive performance wins by the SSD models on the file read and write tests that we use for our hard-drive testing.
Walker's victory: Fair or not, for unions, hard times bring hard lines .
Taking On Hard Life Instead of Hard News .
Hard time for hard-up soccer fan.
Revision of E140 - 07 Standard Hardness Conversion Tables for Metals Relationship Among Brinell Hardness , Vickers Hardness , Rockwell Hardness , Superficial Hardness , Knoop Hardness , and Scleroscope Hardness .
Getting into the People's Liberation Army was hard, but not as hard as getting into college.

In science:

The hardness assumptions we use are well studied assumptions in cryptography such as the strong RSA assumption, Decisional Diffie Hellman problem, and hardness of learning parity with noise.
Inverse problems in approximate uniform generation
The first is that “reconstructing” the object from class C may be hard, and the second is that sampling approximately uniform random satisfying assignments from the reconstructed object may be hard.
Inverse problems in approximate uniform generation
All of the previous hardness results intuitively correspond to the case when the second step of our “standard approach” is algorithmically hard.
Inverse problems in approximate uniform generation
The resummed expression as given in Ref. actually depends on several hard energy scales, which here for simplicity are all taken to be equal to the hard scale M 2 .
The scale of soft resummation in SCET vs perturbative QCD
The problem is known to be NP-hard [Cooper, P(�, Qi) + t > P(Q; I£)> �(£, Qi) (5) 1990], and in fact even approxim ating the probabilities was shown to be NP-hard [Dagum and Luby, 1993].
Sample-and-Accumulate Algorithms for Belief Updating in Bayes Networks