(Har"bor*less), a. Without a harbor; shelterless.
(Har"bor mas`ter) An officer charged with the duty of executing the regulations respecting
the use of a harbor.
(Har"bor*ough Har"brough) n. [See Harbor.] A shelter. [Obs.]. Spenser.
(Har"bor*ous) a. Hospitable. [Obs.]
(Hard) a. [Compar. Harder (-er); superl. Hardest.] [OE. hard, heard, AS. heard; akin to OS. &
D. hard, G. hart, OHG. herti, harti, Icel. harðr, Dan. haard, Sw. hård, 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&rsdot 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.
2. Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
The hard causes they brought unto Moses.Ex. xviii. 26.
In which are some things hard to be understood.2 Peter iii. 16.
3. Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to
4. Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
The stag was too hard for the horse.L'Estrange.
A power which will be always too hard for them.Addison.
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.
I never could drive a hard bargain.Burke.
6. Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard
master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
7. Not easy or agreeable to the taste; harsh; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
Figures harder than even the marble itself.Dryden.
8. Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
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.
10. Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.
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.
Hard cancer, Hard case, etc. See under Cancer, Case, etc. Hard clam, or Hard-shelled clam
(Zoöl.), the quahog. Hard coal, anthracite, as distinguished from bituminous or soft coal. Hard