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

  Harden \Hard"en\ (h[aum]rd"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hardened
     (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hardening (-'n*[i^]ng).] [OE.
     hardnen, hardenen.]
     1. To make hard or harder; to make firm or compact; to
        indurate; as, to harden clay or iron.
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     2. To accustom by labor or suffering to endure with
        constancy; to strengthen; to stiffen; to inure; also, to
        confirm in wickedness or shame; to make unimpressionable.
        "Harden not your heart." --Ps. xcv. 8.
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              I would harden myself in sorrow.      --Job vi. 10.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hardening \Hard"en*ing\, n.
     1. Making hard or harder.
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     2. That which hardens, as a material used for converting the
        surface of iron into steel.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue
      2: the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or
         crystallization; "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the
         set of the glue" [syn: hardening, solidifying,
         solidification, set, curing]
      3: the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  99 Moby Thesaurus words for "hardening":
     abidingness, acclimation, acclimatization, accommodation,
     accustoming, adaption, adjustment, agglutination, arteriosclerosis,
     atherosclerosis, breaking, breaking-in, calcification, callusing,
     case hardening, changelessness, clumping, clustering, compression,
     concentration, concretion, condensation, conditioning,
     consolidation, constancy, cornification, crystallization,
     densification, domestication, durability, durableness, duration,
     endurance, familiarization, firming, firmness, fixedness,
     fortification, fossilization, frozenness, granulation, habituation,
     hornification, housebreaking, immobility, immovability,
     immovableness, immutability, induration, indurative, inurement,
     invariability, invariableness, inveteracy, invigoration,
     lapidification, lastingness, lithification, long standing,
     naturalization, orientation, ossification, permanence, permanency,
     perpetualness, persistence, persistency, petrifaction,
     petrifactive, petrification, petrifying, quiescence, refreshment,
     reinforcement, reinvigoration, restrengthening, revivification,
     rigidity, sclerosis, seasoning, setting, solidification, solidity,
     stability, standing, stasis, steadfastness, steeling, stiffening,
     strengthening, taming, tempering, torpor, toughening, training,
     unchangeability, unchangingness, vitrifaction, vitrification

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