1. Firm; solid; compact; not easily penetrated, or separated into parts; not yielding to pressure; applied to material bodies, and opposed to soft; as hard wood; hard flesh; a hard apple.
2. Difficult; not easy to the intellect.
In which are some things hard to be understood. 2 Peter 3:16.
The hard causes they brought to Moses. Exodus 18:26.
3. Difficult of accomplishment; not easy to be done or executed. A hard task; a disease hard to cure.
Is any thing too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14.
4. Full of difficulties or obstacles; not easy to be traveled; as a hard way.
5. Painful; difficult; distressing.
Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. Genesis 35:16.
6. Laborious; fatiguing; attended with difficulty or pain, or both; as hard work or labor; hard duty; hard service.
8. Unfeeling; insensible; not easily moved by pity; not susceptible of kindness, mercy or other tender affections; as a hard heart.
9. Severe; harsh; rough; abusive.
Have you given him any hard words of late?
10. Unfavorable; unkind; implying blame of another; as hard thoughts.
11. Severe; rigorous; oppressive. The enemy was compelled to submit to hard terms. So we say, a hard bargain; hard conditions.
12. Unreasonable; unjust. It is hard to punish a man for speculative opinions. It is a hard case.
13. Severe; pinching with cold; rigorous; tempestuous; as a hard winter; hard weather.
14. Powerful; forcible; urging; pressing close on.
The stag was too hard for the horse.
The disputant was too hard for his antagonist.
15. Austere; rough; acid; sour; as liquors.
The cider is hard
16. Harsh; stiff; forced; constrained; unnatural.
Others--make the figures harder than the marble itself.
His diction is hard his figures too bold.
17. Not plentiful; not prosperous; pressing; distressing; as hard times, when markets are bad, and money of course scarce.
18. Avaricious; difficult in making bargains; close. Matthew 25:24.
19. Rough; of coarse features; as a hard face or countenance.
20. Austere; severe; rigorous.
21. Rude; unpolished or unintelligible.
A people of hard language. Ezekiel 3:5.
22. Coarse; unpalatable or scanty; as hard fare.
H'ARD, adverb Close; near; as in the phrase, hard by. In this phrase, the word retains its original sense of pressed, or pressing.
1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; laboriously; earnestly; vehemently; importunately; as, to work hard for a living.
And pray'd so hard for mercy from the prince.
2. With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard
3. Uneasily; vexatiously.
4. Closely; so as to raise difficulties.
The question is hard set.
5. Fast; nimbly; rapidly; vehemently; as, to run hard that is, with pressure or urgency.
6. Violently; with great force; tempestuously; as, the wind blows hard or it blows hard
7. With violence; with a copious descent of water; as, it rains hard
8. With force; as, to press hard
Hard-a-lee, in seamen's language, an order to put the helm close to the lee side of the ship, to tack or keep her head to the wind; also, that situation of the helm.
Hard-a-weather, an order to put the helm close to the weather or windward side of the ship; also, that position of the helm.
Hard-a-port, an order to put the helm close to the larboard side of a ship.
Hard-a-starboard, an order to put the helm close to the starboard side of a ship.