What is hard?

  • (adj): Metaphorically hard.
    Example: "A hard fate"; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"; "a hard climb"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "hard":

  • (adv): Very near or close in space or time.
    Example: "It stands hard by the railroad tracks"; "they were hard on his heels"; "a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"
  • (adv): With pain or distress or bitterness.
    Example: "He took the rejection very hard"
  • (adv): Slowly and with difficulty.
    Example: "Prejudices die hard"
  • (adv): To the full extent possible; all the way.
    Example: "Hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"
  • (adj): Very strong or vigorous.
    Example: "A hard left to the chin"
    Synonyms: knockout, severe
  • (adv): Into a solid condition.
    Example: "Concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
  • (adj): Having a high alcoholic content.
    Example: "Hard liquor"
    Synonyms: strong
  • (adv): Causing great damage or hardship.
    Example: "Industries hit hard by the depression"
    Synonyms: severely
  • (adv): With firmness.
    Example: "Held hard to the railing"
    Synonyms: firmly
  • (adj): Not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure.
    Example: "Why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
    Synonyms: difficult
  • (adv): Earnestly or intently.
    Example: "Thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"
  • (adj): Of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately.
    Example: "Does a lot of hard drinking"
    Synonyms: heavy
  • (adj): Of speech sounds.
  • (adj): Dried out.
    Example: "Hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
  • (adj): Having undergone fermentation.
    Example: "Hard cider"
    Synonyms: fermented
  • (adj): Unfortunate or hard to bear.
    Example: "Had hard luck"
    Synonyms: tough
  • (adv): With effort or force or vigor.
    Example: "The team played hard"; "worked hard all day"; "pressed hard on the lever"; "hit the ball hard"; "slammed the door hard"
  • (adj): Not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated.
    Example: "Hard as rock"

Famous quotes containing the word hard:

    But it’s hard to be hip over thirty
    When everyone else is nineteen,
    When the last dance we learned was the Lindy,
    And the last we heard, girls who looked like Barbra Streisand
    Were trying to do something about it.
    Judith Viorst (b. 1935)

    If I get a hard audience they are not going to get away until they laugh. Those seven laughs a minute—I’ve got to have them.
    Ken Dodd (b. 1931)

    If we would enjoy the most intimate society with that in each of us which is without, or above, being spoken to, we must not only be silent, but commonly so far apart bodily that we cannot possibly hear each other’s voice in any case. Referred to this standard, speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)