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Definition 1: the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact) - [noun denoting act]

(hardening is a kind of ...) the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

(... is a kind of hardening ) hardening something by heat treatment

Definition 2: the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization - [noun denoting process]

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

  • the hardening of concrete
  • he tested the set of the glue

Synonyms for hardening in the sense of this definition

(hardening is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(... is a kind of hardening ) the process of congealing; solidification by (or as if by) freezing

(... is part of hardening) a process involving fixation and dehydration and forced impregnation and hardening of biological tissues; water and lipids are replaced by curable polymers (silicone or epoxy or polyester) that are subsequently hardened

"the plastination of specimens is valuable for research and teaching"

Definition 3: abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue - [noun denoting state]

(hardening is a kind of ...) (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

(... is a kind of hardening ) an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot)

(... is a kind of hardening ) tissue hardened by deposition of lime salts

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