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Definition 1: produced without vibration of the vocal cords - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords

"a long whispered conversation"

Definition 2: resisting weight or pressure - [adjective denoting all]

(hard is similar to ...) resistant to physical force or pressure

"an unyielding head support"

(hard is similar to ...) resembling steel in hardness

(hard is similar to ...) somewhat hard

(hard is similar to ...) (of bone especially the temporal bone) resembling stone in hardness

(hard is similar to ...) made hard like wood as the result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls

(hard is similar to ...) converted to solid form (as concrete)

(hard is similar to ...) hard as granite

"a granitic fist"

(hard is similar to ...) not soft or yielding to pressure

"a firm mattress" "the snow was firm underfoot" "solid ground"

(hard is similar to ...) of sexual organs; stiff and rigid

(hard is similar to ...) made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn)

(hard is similar to ...) of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten

(hard is similar to ...) having the hardness of a diamond

(... are attributes of hard) the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale

Definition 3: dispassionate - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • took a hard look
  • a hard bargainer

(hard is similar to ...) acting with a specific goal

"the most calculating and selfish men in the community"

(hard is similar to ...) used of persons; emotionally hardened

"faced a case-hardened judge"

(hard is similar to ...) resembling steel as in hardness

"steely eyes" "steely nerves like those of a steeplejack"

(means also ...) 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" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

(means also ...) having or showing no mercy

"the merciless enemy" "a merciless critic" "gave him a merciless beating"

(means also ...) deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

"insensitive to the needs of the patients"

(means also ...) not given to gentleness or sentimentality

"a tough character"

Definition 4: (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants

(hard is similar to ...) produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate (as `k' in `cat' and `g' in `gun' and `ng' in `sing')

Definition 5: (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a difficult task
  • nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access
  • difficult times
  • why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent

"a nasty problem" "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation"

(hard is similar to ...) causing difficulty or annoyance

"a troublesome infection" "a troublesome situation"

(hard is similar to ...) bristling with perplexities

"the thorny question of states' rights"

(hard is similar to ...) impressively difficult

"a tall order"

(hard is similar to ...) requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve

"raised serious objections to the proposal" "the plan has a serious flaw"

(hard is similar to ...) very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

"a rugged competitive examination" "the rugged conditions of frontier life" "the competition was tough" "it's a tough life" "it was a tough job"

(hard is similar to ...) full of hardship or trials

"the rocky road to success" "they were having a rough time"

(hard is similar to ...) causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed

"the vexed issue of priorities" "we live in vexed and troubled times"

(hard is similar to ...) extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules

"a herculean task"

(hard is similar to ...) requiring great effort

"a hard-fought primary"

(hard is similar to ...) unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome

"rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas" "fractious components of a communication system"

(hard is similar to ...) difficult to handle; requiring great tact

"delicate negotiations with the big powers" "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter" "a touchy subject"

(hard is similar to ...) having concealed difficulty

"a catchy question" "a tricky recipe to follow"

(hard is similar to ...) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

"a baffling problem" "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast" "a problematic situation at home"

(hard is similar to ...) hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment

"awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion" "an awkward pause followed his remark" "a sticky question" "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"

(hard is similar to ...) difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill

"the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"

(hard is similar to ...) requiring full use of your abilities or resources

"ambitious schedule" "performed the most challenging task without a mistake"

(hard is similar to ...) hard to endure

"fell upon trying times"

(means also ...) requiring great physical effort

(means also ...) dispassionate

"took a hard look" "a hard bargainer"

(means also ...) requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill

"found the job very demanding" "a baby can be so demanding"

(... are attributes of hard) the quality of being difficult

"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

Definition 7: with effort or force or vigor - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the team played hard
  • worked hard all day
  • pressed hard on the lever
  • hit the ball hard
  • slammed the door hard

Definition 8: to the full extent possible; all the way - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hard alee
  • the ship went hard astern
  • swung the wheel hard left

Definition 9: slowly and with difficulty - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • prejudices die hard
  • he was so dizzy he could hardly stand up straight

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

Definition 10: causing great damage or hardship - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • industries hit hard by the depression
  • she was severely affected by the bank's failure

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

Definition 11: with firmness - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • held hard to the railing

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

Definition 12: indulging excessively - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he drank heavily

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

Definition 13: earnestly or intently - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • thought hard about it
  • stared hard at the accused

Definition 14: with pain or distress or bitterness - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took the rejection very hard

Definition 15: very near or close in space or time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it stands hard by the railroad tracks
  • they were hard on his heels
  • a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening

Definition 16: into a solid condition - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • concrete that sets hard within a few hours

Definition 17: being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hard liquor

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) characteristic of or containing alcohol

"alcoholic drinks"

Definition 18: unfortunate or hard to bear - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had hard luck
  • a tough break

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 19: given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hard drinker

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone

"indulgent grandparents"

Definition 20: dried out - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hard dry rolls left over from the day before

(hard is similar to ...) lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

"stale bread" "the beer was stale"

Definition 21: very strong or vigorous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strong winds
  • a hard left to the chin
  • a knockout punch
  • a severe blow

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) having strength or power greater than average or expected

"a strong radio signal" "strong medicine" "a strong man"

Definition 22: characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for hard in the sense of this definition

(hard is similar to ...) requiring great physical effort

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