Definitions of hard

  1. To harden; to make hard.
  2. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
  3. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  4. 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.
  5. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
  6. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
  7. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.
  8. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
  9. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade.
  10. 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.
  11. Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
  12. A ford or passage across a river or swamp.
  13. 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. to the full extent possible; all the way; " hard alee"; " the ship went hard astern"; " swung the wheel hard left"
  15. slowly and with difficulty; " prejudices die hard"
  16. causing great damage or hardship; " industries hit hard by the depression"; " she was severely affected by the bank's failure"
  17. earnestly or intently; " thought hard about it"; " stared hard at the accused"
  18. with pain or distress or bitterness; " he took the rejection very hard"
  19. 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"
  20. indulging excessively; " he drank heavily"
  21. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
  22. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
  23. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly.
  24. So as to raise difficulties.
  25. 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.
  26. Close or near.
  27. Forcibly; laborlously; diligently; tempestuously; closely; near; roughly; to the utmost extent; so as to become firm and unyielding; with vexation, trouble, or sorrow.
  28. With urgency: with difficulty: close, near, as in HARD BY; HARD- A- LEE, i. e. close to the lee- side, etc.: earnestly: forcibly.
  29. In a hard manner.
  30. 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.
  31. Close; near; earnestly; diligently, as to read hard, to work hard; importunately; nimbly; with great force.
  32. dried out; " hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
  33. of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; " does a lot of hard drinking"; " a heavy drinker"
  34. very strong or vigorous; " strong winds"; " a hard left to the chin"; " a knockout punch"; " a severe blow"
  35. having a high alcoholic content; " hard liquor"
  36. unfortunate or hard to bear; " had hard luck"; " a tough break"
  37. not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated; " hard as rock"
  38. metaphorically hard; " a hard fate"; " took a hard look"; " a hard bargainer"; " a hard climb"
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. Not easily penetrated: firm: solid: difficult to understand or accomplish: difficult to bear: painful: unjust: difficult to please: unfeeling: severe: stiff: constrained.
  42. Firm; solid; difficult; painful; severe; laborious.
  43. With difficulty; urgently; laboriously; near; close.
  44. Solid; firm.
  45. Difficult; rigorous; severe.
  46. Unfeeling; unsparing.
  47. Thoroughgoing and energetic.
  48. Coarse; poor; scanty; offensive.
  49. Containing mineral salts: said of water.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.