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 for hard-
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hard \Hard\ (h[aum]rd), a. [Compar. Harder (-[~e]r); superl.
     Hardest.] [OE. hard, heard, AS. heard; akin to OS. & D.
     hard, G. hart, OHG. herti, harti, Icel. har[eth]r, Dan.
     haard, Sw. h[*a]rd, Goth. hardus, Gr. kraty`s strong,
     ka`rtos, kra`tos, strength, and also to E. -ard, as in
     coward, drunkard, -crat, -cracy in autocrat, democracy; cf.
     Skr. kratu strength, k[.r] to do, make. Cf. Hardy.]
     1. 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.
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     2. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended,
        decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
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              The hard causes they brought unto Moses. --Ex.
                                                    xviii. 26.
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              In which are some things hard to be understood. --2
                                                    Peter iii. 16.
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     3. Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious;
        fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to
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     4. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
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              The stag was too hard for the horse.  --L'Estrange.
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              A power which will be always too hard for them.
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     5. 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.
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              I never could drive a hard bargain.   --Burke.
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     6. Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding;
        obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard
        master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
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     7. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; harsh; stiff; rigid;
        ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
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              Figures harder than even the marble itself.
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     8. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
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     9. (Pron.) 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.
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     10. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a
         hard tone.
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     11. (Painting)
         (a) Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures;
             formal; lacking grace of composition.
         (b) Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the
             coloring or light and shade.
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     Hard cancer, Hard case, etc. See under Cancer, Case,
     Hard clam, or Hard-shelled clam (Zool.), the quahog.
     Hard coal, anthracite, as distinguished from bituminous
        coal ({soft coal}).
     Hard and fast. (Naut.) See under Fast.
     Hard finish (Arch.), a smooth finishing coat of hard fine
        plaster applied to the surface of rough plastering.
     Hard lines, hardship; difficult conditions.
     Hard money, coin or specie, as distinguished from paper
     Hard oyster (Zool.), the northern native oyster. [Local, U.
     Hard pan, the hard stratum of earth lying beneath the soil;
        hence, figuratively, the firm, substantial, fundamental
        part or quality of anything; as, the hard pan of
        character, of a matter in dispute, etc. See Pan.
     Hard rubber. See under Rubber.
     Hard solder. See under Solder.
     Hard water, water, which contains lime or some mineral
        substance rendering it unfit for washing. See Hardness,
     Hard wood, wood of a solid or hard texture; as walnut, oak,
        ash, box, and the like, in distinction from pine, poplar,
        hemlock, etc.
     In hard condition, in excellent condition for racing;
        having firm muscles; -- said of race horses.
     Syn: Solid; arduous; powerful; trying; unyielding; stubborn;
          stern; flinty; unfeeling; harsh; difficult; severe;
          obdurate; rigid. See Solid, and Arduous.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hard \Hard\, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.]
     1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
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              And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince.
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              My father
              Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. --Shak.
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     2. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
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     3. Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly. --Shak.
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     4. So as to raise difficulties. "The question is hard set."
        --Sir T. Browne.
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     5. With tension or strain of the powers; violently; with
        force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously;
        energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence,
        rapidly; nimbly; as, to run hard.
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     6. Close or near.
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              Whose house joined hard to the synagogue. --Acts
                                                    xviii. 7.
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     Hard by, near by; close at hand; not far off. "Hard by a
        cottage chimney smokes." --Milton.
     Hard pushed, Hard run, greatly pressed; as, he was hard
        pushed or hard run for time, money, etc. [Colloq.]
     Hard up, closely pressed by want or necessity; without
        money or resources; as, hard up for amusements. [Slang]
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     Note: Hard in nautical language is often joined to words of
           command to the helmsman, denoting that the order should
           be carried out with the utmost energy, or that the helm
           should be put, in the direction indicated, to the
           extreme limit, as, Hard aport! Hard astarboard! Hard
           alee! Hard aweather! Hard up!
           Hard is also often used in composition with a
           participle; as, hard-baked; hard-earned; hard-featured;
           hard-working; hard-won.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hard \Hard\ (h[aum]rd), v. t.
     To harden; to make hard. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hard \Hard\, n.
     A ford or passage across a river or swamp.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  686 Moby Thesaurus words for "hard":
     Herculean, Philistine, about, absolute, abstruse, accented, acerb,
     acerbic, acrid, acrimonious, actively, acute, adamant, adamantine,
     addictive, adverse, afflictive, agonizing, agonizingly, alcoholic,
     all but, almost, along toward, alveolar, amaroidal, anesthetic,
     angry, antagonistic, apical, apico-alveolar, apico-dental,
     approximately, ardent, ardently, arduous, arduously, around,
     articulated, assiduous, assiduously, assimilated, astringent,
     at close quarters, at hand, atrocious, austere, avid, back,
     backbreaking, bad, badly, baffling, bankrupt, bare, barytone,
     bec et ongles, beefy, beyond one, bilabial, biting, bitter,
     bitter as gall, bleak, bloodless, blunt, bony, bothersome,
     bouncing, bowelless, brazen, broad, broke, brutal, brutish, bulky,
     burdensome, businesslike, busted, cacuminal, calamitous,
     calculating, callous, calloused, carefully, cartilaginous,
     case-hardened, cast-iron, caustic, cement, cemental, central,
     cerebral, checked, chewy, clear, close, close about, close at hand,
     close by, close-knit, close-textured, close-woven, coarse,
     cohesive, cold, cold of heart, coldblooded, coldhearted, compact,
     compacted, complex, complicated, compressed, concentrated,
     concrete, condensed, conditioning, conflicting, congested,
     conscienceless, conscientious, conscientiously, consolidated,
     consonant, consonantal, continuant, contrary, cool, coriaceous,
     corneous, counter, counteractive, crabbed, crammed, crammed full,
     cramp, cramping, critical, crowded, cruel, dark, deep, deeply,
     definite, delicate, demanding, dense, dental, despotic,
     determinedly, detrimental, devastating, devoted, devotedly,
     dictatorial, difficile, difficult, diligent, diligently,
     disastrous, dispassionate, dissimilated, distinct, distressing,
     distressingly, dog-eat-dog, dogged, doggedly, dorsal, doughty,
     dour, down-to-earth, dull, durable, dure, dynamically, eager,
     eagerly, earnestly, effortful, effortfully, enduring, energetic,
     energetically, enigmatic, exacting, excruciating, exhausting,
     factual, fast by, fatiguing, fervent, fibrous, firm, flat,
     flinthearted, flintlike, flinty, forceful, forcefully, forcible,
     forcibly, forcy, formidable, front, full-blooded, full-strength,
     fundamentalist, garbled, genuine, glide, glossal, glottal, gluey,
     gnawing, granitelike, granitic, grave, grievous, grim, grinding,
     griping, gristly, gutsy, guttural, gutty, habit-forming,
     habituating, hairy, hale, hammer and tongs, hard as nails, hard by,
     hard of heart, hard to understand, hard up, hard-bitten,
     hard-boiled, hard-core, hard-earned, hard-fought, hard-nosed,
     hard-set, hardened, hardheaded, hardhearted, hardworking, hardy,
     harmful, harrowing, harsh, harshly, heart and soul, heartily,
     heartless, hearty, heavy, hefty, hereabout, hereabouts, hidebound,
     high, horny, hostile, hurtful, hurting, husky, ill, immovable,
     immutable, impassible, impecunious, impenetrable, impenitent,
     impermeable, impervious, implacable, impliable, impoverished,
     impregnable, in opposition, in spitting distance, in the red,
     inclement, incomprehensible, incontestable, incontrovertible,
     indefatigable, indefatigably, indigent, indisputable, indurate,
     indurated, industrious, industriously, inelastic, ineluctable,
     inescapable, inexorable, inflexible, inhuman, inimical,
     inscrutable, insensate, insensitive, insolent, insoluble,
     intemperate, intense, intensely, intent, intently, intonated,
     intractable, intransigent, intricate, inured, involved, irksome,
     iron, iron-hard, ironbound, ironclad, ironhanded, ironlike,
     irreconcilable, jam-packed, jammed, jawbreaking, jumbled, keen,
     knotted, knotty, labial, labiodental, labiovelar, labored,
     laborious, laboriously, lapideous, lasting, lateral, lax,
     leatherlike, leathery, light, lingual, liquid, lithoid, lithoidal,
     lost to shame, low, lusty, magisterial, manfully, marble,
     marblelike, massive, matter-of-fact, mean, merciless, methodical,
     mid, mightily, mighty, miserable, monophthongal, most, much,
     muscle-bound, muted, narrow, nasal, nasalized, near, near at hand,
     nearabout, nearabouts, nearby, nervy, never idle, nigh, nigh about,
     no picnic, nonporous, not easy, not far, obdurate, obfuscated,
     obscure, obscured, obstinate, occlusive, onerous, only a step,
     open, operose, operosely, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppressive,
     orthodox, osseous, overtechnical, oxytone, pachydermatous, packed,
     painful, painfully, palatal, palatalized, paroxysmal, penetrating,
     penniless, perplexed, perplexing, perseveringly, persistent,
     persistently, petrified, pharyngeal, pharyngealized, phonemic,
     phonetic, phonic, physiologically addictive, piercing, pitch,
     pitched, pitiless, plain, poignant, poor, positive, posttonic,
     potent, poverty-stricken, powerful, practical, practically,
     pragmatic, procrustean, profound, proof against,
     psychologically addictive, puissant, pungent, purist, puristic,
     puritan, puritanic, puzzling, racking, real, realistic,
     red-blooded, relentless, relentlessly, remorseless, resistant,
     resistive, retroflex, rigid, rigorist, rigoristic, rigorous,
     robust, robustious, rock-ribbed, rockbound, rocklike, rocky, ropy,
     rough, rounded, rugged, ruthless, savage, scabrous, scrambled,
     searching, seared, sedulous, sedulously, semivowel, serious,
     serried, set, set with thorns, severe, severely, shameless, sharp,
     shooting, sinewy, sinister, slavish, sleepless, sober, soft, solid,
     solidified, sonant, sound, sour, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic,
     spiny, spiritedly, spirituous, stabbing, stable, stalwart, stark,
     steadfastly, steady, steeled against, steellike, steely, steep,
     stern, sticky, stiff, stinging, stonelike, stony, stonyhearted,
     stopped, stout, straight, straightforward, straightlaced,
     straining, straitlaced, strapping, strenuous, strenuously,
     stressed, stressful, strict, stringent, stringy, strong,
     strong as brandy, strong as strong, strong-willed, stubborn,
     studiously, sturdy, substantial, surd, sure-enough, syllabic,
     systematic, tangled, tart, tenacious, tense, terrible,
     the hard way, thereabout, thereabouts, thick, thick-growing,
     thick-skinned, thickset, thorny, throaty, ticklish, tireless,
     tiring, toilsome, toilsomely, tonal, tonic, tooth and nail,
     tormenting, torturous, tough, tough as leather, tricky,
     troublesome, troublous, trying, twangy, tyrannical, unabject,
     unaccented, unaffected, unalterable, unavoidable, unbending,
     unblushing, unchangeable, uncompassionate, uncompassioned,
     uncompromising, uncontrite, undeniable, unemotional, unfalteringly,
     unfavorable, unfeeling, unflagging, unforgiving, unfriendly,
     ungentle, ungiving, unidealistic, unkind, unmelted, unmerciful,
     unmoved, unnatural, unpitiful, unpitying, unpleasant,
     unquestionable, unrelenting, unremitting, unremorseful,
     unrepentant, unrepenting, unresponsive, unrounded, unsentimental,
     unsleeping, unsoftened, unsolvable, unsparing, unstressed,
     unsympathetic, unsympathizing, untiring, untiringly, untouched,
     untoward, unvarnished, unwearied, unyielding, uphill, urgently,
     vehement, velar, verifiable, vigorous, vigorously, vinous,
     violently, viscid, viscose, viscous, vocalic, vocoid, voiced,
     voiceless, vowel, vowellike, weak, wearing, wearisome, wearying,
     well-built, well-constructed, well-defined, well-founded,
     well-grounded, well-made, well-nigh, wicked, wide, winy, wiry,
     with a kick, with a will, with effort, within call, within earshot,
     within hearing, within reach, without mercy, wretched, zealous,

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