Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: hardness
IPA transcription: [h'ɑɹdnəs]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness
    Meaning: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
  • Synonyms: hardness, ruggedness
    Meaning: the quality of being difficult to do; "he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness"; "the ruggedness of his exams caused half the class to fail"
  • Synonyms: unfeelingness, callousness, callosity, hardness, insensibility
    Meaning: devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
  • Synonyms: hardness
    Meaning: a quality of water that contains dissolved mineral salts that prevent soap from lathering; "the costs of reducing hardness depend on the relative amounts of calcium and magnesium compounds that are present"
  • Synonyms: hardness
    Meaning: the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
Usage examples
  • Why is it so hard, and do we have to stand its hardness?
  • The adjacent strata may be changed only in color, hardness, and texture.
  • They worked in gold, silver, copper, bronze, and iron; they tempered iron to the hardness of steel.
  • Blow out the flame and allow the staff to cool, and it will be found to be of about the right hardness.
  • But it was Adam's strength, not its correlative hardness, that influenced his meditations this morning.
  • The man must indeed possess an uncommon portion of hardness of heart, who can envy me so slight a relief.--To proceed.
  • The idea of a duel had never crossed her mind, and so she put a different interpretation on this passing expression of hardness.
  • He heard her, unconsciously bending his whole figure down to her as though hoping in this way to soften the hardness of her position for her.
  • To stop the Ichneumon's probe and the teeth of the other ravagers, the best thing that occurred to her was this hoarding which combines the hardness of flint with the softness of muslin.
  • It befell that Our Lord on Palm Sunday preached in Jerusalem, and there He found in the people that all hardness was harboured in them, and there He found in all the town not one that would harbour him.