(Hard"-mouthed`) a. Not sensible to the bit; not easily governed; as, a hard- mouthed horse.

(Hard"ness), n. [AS. heardness.]

1. The quality or state of being hard, literally or figuratively.

The habit of authority also had given his manners some peremptory hardness.
Sir W. Scott.

2. (Min.) The cohesion of the particles on the surface of a body, determined by its capacity to scratch another, or be itself scratched; — measured among minerals on a scale of which diamond and talc form the extremes.

3. (Chem.) The peculiar quality exhibited by water which has mineral salts dissolved in it. Such water forms an insoluble compound with soap, and is hence unfit for washing purposes.

This quality is caused by the presence of calcium carbonate, causing temporary hardness which can be removed by boiling, or by calcium sulphate, causing permanent hardness which can not be so removed, but may be improved by the addition of sodium carbonate.

(Har"dock) n. [Obs.] See Hordock.

(Hard"pan`) n. The hard substratum. Same as Hard pan, under Hard, a.

(Hards) n. pl. [OE. herdes, AS. heordan; akin to G. hede.] The refuse or coarse part of fiax; tow.

(Hard"-shell`) a. Unyielding; insensible to argument; uncompromising; strict. [Colloq., U. S.]

(Hard"ship) n. That which is hard to bear, as toil, privation, injury, injustice, etc. Swift.

(Hard"spun`), a. Firmly twisted in spinning.

(Hard"-tack`) n. A name given by soldiers and sailors to a kind of hard biscuit or sea bread.

(Hard"tail`) n. (Zoöl.) See Jurel.

(Hard"-vis`aged) a. Of a harsh or stern countenance; hard- featured. Burke.

(Hard"ware`) n. Ware made of metal, as cutlery, kitchen utensils, and the like; ironmongery.

(Hard"ware`man) n.; pl. Hardwaremen One who makes, or deals in, hardware.

(Har"dy) a. [Compar. Hardier (-di*er); superl. Hardiest.] [F. hardi, p. p. fr. OF. hardir to make bold; of German origin, cf. OHG. hertan to harden, G. härten. See Hard, a.]

1. Bold; brave; stout; daring; resolute; intrepid.

Hap helpeth hardy man alway.

2. Confident; full of assurance; in a bad sense, morally hardened; shameless.

3. Strong; firm; compact.

[A] blast may shake in pieces his hardy fabric.

4. Inured to fatigue or hardships; strong; capable of endurance; as, a hardy veteran; a hardy mariner.

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