Definitions of hard

  1. 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 punishing pace"
  2. 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 is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
  3. having undergone fermentation; " hard cider"
  4. with firmness; " held hard to the railing"
  5. 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"
  6. to the full extent possible; all the way; " hard alee"; " the ship went hard astern"; " swung the wheel hard left"
  7. slowly and with difficulty; " prejudices die hard"
  8. causing great damage or hardship; " industries hit hard by the depression"; " she was severely affected by the bank's failure"
  9. earnestly or intently; " thought hard about it"; " stared hard at the accused"
  10. with pain or distress or bitterness; " he took the rejection very hard"
  11. 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"
  12. into a solid condition; " concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
  13. dried out; " hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
  14. of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; " does a lot of hard drinking"; " a heavy drinker"
  15. indulging excessively; " he drank heavily"
  16. very strong or vigorous; " strong winds"; " a hard left to the chin"; " a knockout punch"; " a severe blow"
  17. having a high alcoholic content; " hard liquor"
  18. unfortunate or hard to bear; " had hard luck"; " a tough break"
  19. not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated; " hard as rock"
  20. metaphorically hard; " a hard fate"; " took a hard look"; " a hard bargainer"; " a hard climb"
  21. of speech sounds
  22. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
  23. Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure.
  24. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  25. 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.
  26. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
  27. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
  28. 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.
  29. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.
  30. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
  31. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade.
  32. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
  33. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
  34. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly.
  35. So as to raise difficulties.
  36. 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.
  37. Close or near.
  38. To harden; to make hard.
  39. A ford or passage across a river or swamp.
  40. Hardness.
  41. 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.
  42. Compact and solid; firm; not easy to be pierced or broken; as, hard wood; unyielding; difficult of accomplishment; as, hard to understand; laborious; fatiguing; cruel; oppressive; severe; keen; austere; inflexible; unfeeling; exacting; not easily complied with; rough; coarse; not prosperous; uttered gutturally; stiff or formal.
  43. Forcibly; laborlously; diligently; tempestuously; closely; near; roughly; to the utmost extent; so as to become firm and unyielding; with vexation, trouble, or sorrow.
  44. Not easily penetrated: firm: solid: difficult to understand or accomplish: difficult to bear: painful: unjust: difficult to please: unfeeling: severe: stiff: constrained.
  45. With urgency: with difficulty: close, near, as in HARD BY; HARD- A- LEE, i. e. close to the lee- side, etc.: earnestly: forcibly.
  46. Firm; solid; difficult; painful; severe; laborious.
  47. With difficulty; urgently; laboriously; near; close.
  48. Solid; firm.
  49. Difficult; rigorous; severe.
  50. Unfeeling; unsparing.
  51. Thoroughgoing and energetic.
  52. Coarse; poor; scanty; offensive.
  53. Containing mineral salts: said of water.
  54. In a hard manner.
  55. Firm; solid; not easily pressed, penetrated, or broken; difficult to understand, or solve, or do, or get over, or bear; painful; laborious; oppressive; exacting; unfeeling; unkind; severe; unjust; stiff; distressing.
  56. Close; near; diligently; laboriously; earnestly. Hard up, in want of money or means. To die hard, to die with a strnggle or impenitent. Hard water, that which contains some mineral substance that decomposes soap, and thus renders it unfit for washing. Hard- a- lee, an order to put the helm close to the lee- side of the ship. Hard- a- port, to the larboard or port side. Hard- a- starboard, to the starboard side. Hard- a- weather, to the windward side.
  57. Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
  58. Not easily penetrated; firm; solid; not soft; not easy to be done or executed; laborious; fatiguing; severe; oppressive; unkind; rough; sour, as applied to beer, & c.; unprosperous, as hard times; avaricious and exacting; in the fine arts, applied to a style which rejects the graces and too rigidly adheres to the mere mechanism of art.
  59. Close; near; earnestly; diligently, as to read hard, to work hard; importunately; nimbly; with great force.

Usage examples for hard

  1. It was hard very hard to believe, but it was so. – Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories by Thornton W. Burgess
  2. " But I'll try hard hard – The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
  3. My, but that was hard work! – The Adventures of Mr. Mocker by Thornton W. Burgess
  4. Father often give me hard things to do, and I did 'em. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  5. It was because I thought so hard about it. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  6. Well, Tom, it's a hard case; but perhaps the doctor will think better of it. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  7. That was hard work too." – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  8. They are so hard – The Locusts' Years by Mary Helen Fee
  9. Very hard indeed, Mr. Carbottle. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  10. Hard enough to hurt. – Voyage To Eternity by Milton Lesser
  11. Won't you find it hard to live on that? – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  12. " Never mind, it will keep me from thinking too hard she thought. – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  13. " It's so hard to help that sort. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  14. You must not be too hard on us." – The Bridal March; One Day by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  15. But not hard enough. – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  16. Life on the run was hard – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  17. " Oh, it's not hard when you come right to it," said Harry, laughing. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  18. You know it's hard enough for me to go off and leave you here like this. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  19. Have you looked hard – The Venus Trap by Evelyn E. Smith
  20. He knew it was going to be a hard day. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller