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Definitions and Synonyms of hardness | Another word for hardness | What is hardness?

Definition 1: a quality of water that contains dissolved mineral salts that prevent soap from lathering - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • the costs of reducing hardness depend on the relative amounts of calcium and magnesium compounds that are present

(hardness is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

Definition 2: the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale - [noun denoting attribute]

(hardness is a kind of ...) the property of holding together and retaining its shape

"wool has more body than rayon" "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"

(... is a kind of hardness ) the property of being unyielding to the touch

(... is a kind of hardness ) the property of being incompressible

(... are attributes of hardness) resisting weight or pressure

(... are attributes of hardness) yielding readily to pressure or weight

Definition 3: the quality of being difficult to do - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness
  • the ruggedness of his exams caused half the class to fail

Synonyms for hardness in the sense of this definition

(hardness is a kind of ...) the quality of being difficult

"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

Definition 4: devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for hardness in the sense of this definition

(hardness is a kind of ...) the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment

(... is a kind of hardness ) lack of sensibility

"there was a dullness in his heart" "without him the dullness of her life crept into her work no matter how she tried to compartmentalize it."

Definition 5: excessive sternness - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • severity of character
  • the harshness of his punishment was inhuman
  • the rigors of boot camp

Synonyms for hardness in the sense of this definition

(hardness is a kind of ...) uncompromising resolution

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