Hard is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of hard, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
EXAMPLES - Hard in a Sentence
- FedEx sees short-term hard times, worst may be over (source)
- Indeed, the term hard-won is appropriate, insofar as it modifies the (source)
- Bridges, roads, and tunnels -- what we know as hard infrastructure ... (source)
- Schulz says that the term hard landing may depend on how you define it. (source)
- He said her name hard and low, like the pronouncement of a death sentence. (source)
- My God! Effie, it is a hard world -- it is hard, _hard_ to keep straight in it. (source)
- Not having this information makes it tough to virtualize what I call the hard stuff. (source)
- Not only is the title hard to type (sad fingers!), the song is also hard not to like. (source)
- 'These Christians are hard -- _hard_!' thought Eleanor sharply, closing her tired lids. (source)
- Although an investigation cleared him of wrongdoing, he became known as the hard-luck astronaut. (source)
- I think the idea was if you removed the name 'hard cap,' that that would be good enough in itself. (source)
- A: I intended to go to grad school and study what they call hard rock geology, which is very theoretical. (source)
- And in Tehran, Iraqi officials present what they describe as hard evidence of Iranian involvement in the fighting. (source)
- It was said that a million workers including one hundred thousand artisans were driven into the long-term hard labor. (source)
- He says withdrawing too many troops too soon would jeopardize what he describes as hard-fought gains of the past year. (source)
- The fact is, _I work hard and I play hard_, and I believe each is equally necessary for good health and real happiness. (source)
- In the worst case scenario, you may create a hostile work environment and potential long term hard feelings among coworkers. (source)
- I did purchase a copy of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, finding the title hard to resist. (source)
- At three in the morning, the combat engineers join a convoy of a dozen vehicles, 77 Marines preparing for what they call a hard hit. (source)
- QUIJANO (voice-over): Conservatives are gearing up to fight the president's nominee, fearing what they call a hard left liberal activist. (source)
- Although the band are commonly classified as hard rock, and considered pioneers of heavy metal, they have always classified their music as "rock and roll". (source)
- Now see, because you said hard rock, so that was giving me a different - the term hard rock carries another connotation for me, but I hear what you're saying. (source)
- (Republican In Name Only) by some staunchly partisan Republicans - but it's admittedly a label hard to try and glue to anyone associated with the Hoover Institution. (source)
- So near was the stranger, that we plainly heard the officer of the deck call out to his own quarter-master to "port, hard a-port -- _hard_ a-port, and be d---- d to you!" (source)
- "To come up what you call the hard way is the best way, in my opinion," says Franklin, who will be headlining the 3rd Annual Liberty R&B and Jazz Festival in Jersey City on Saturday. (source)
- The protest singer who has been using the internet since 2005 to inspire and initiate change is well known for coining hard hitting songs that speak against bad governance in Zimbabwe. (source)
- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says participants in an aid flotilla hoping to break Israel's naval blockade on Gaza include what he called a "hard core of terror activists." (source)
- I think people have a better understanding of what is meant by the term hard of hearing rather than deaf since many consider someone who calls themselves deaf to have no residual hearing. (source)
- Describing a stump speech in Tennessee, she wrote, "He also made an appeal based on what he described as his hard work for the state-as if a debt were owed in return for years of service." (source)
- I would like to see it shift from reliance on water companies and privatization, what I call the hard path, to the soft path -- watershed protection, rain harvesting and watershed restoration. (source)
- Fynbos covers 19,227 km2 (54 percent) of the region, and is commonly identified as a hard-leaved, evergreen, and fire-prone shrubland characterized by four major plant types: restioids, ericoids, proteoids, and geophytes. (source)
- These requirements, according to the group, involve focusing on potential productivity improvements for industrial cheese and providing in terms of quality characteristics needed for more specialty products like certain Italian hard cheeses. (source)
- Robb Robichaud: Well, EFIS, E-F-I-S, stands for Exterior Insulation and Finishing System and OCS is, it is usually called hard coat; it is a one coat system and the difference between them is EFIS is styrofoam, put on the house, and then stucco over it. (source)
- But did he lose his strength and ability to hold a long term hard on? jeremiahsteele: Darrah is also a place in Fudgpakistan which is rumored to be a fantasyland for Al Blanco rics: Darrah is a place in Pakistan who is rumored to be an AlQuaeda stronghold. (source)
- As numerous big media outlets reported, the conservative pro-Israel lobby was suddenly changing their long-term hard-line stance and publicly agreeing with the Obama Administration (gasp!) that continued settlements in the West Bank, illegal under international law, are an impediment to the peace process. (source)
- The "Raw Politics" tonight from Ed.Henry at the White House with late reaction -- Ed. ED HENRY, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Anderson, before he attended that event, the president put out a written statement congratulating lawmakers in both parties, thanking them for coming together on what he called a hard-fought compromise. (source)
- Although her knowledge, from books and company, was much more extensive than usually falls to the share of her sex; yet she was so far from making a parade of it, that her female visitants, on their first acquaintance, who expected to discover it by what they call hard words and deep discourse, would be sometimes disappointed, and say, they found she was like other women. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "hard" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 26 synonyms for hard.
adamantine, callous, compact, compacted, compressed, concentrated, consolidated, dense, firm, hardened, impenetrable, indurate, indurated, inflexible, iron, packed, rigid, rocky, set, solid, stiff, stony, strong, thick, tough, unyielding
We have 24 antonyms for hard.
delicate, disputable, doubtful, easy, facile, flexible, inexact, malleable, merciful, mild, nice, pleasant, pliable, pliant, questionable, sensitive, simple, soft, sympathetic, uncertain, untrue, vulnerable, weak, yielding
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of hard from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Resistant to pressure; not readily penetrated.
- (adjective) Physically toughened; rugged.
- (adjective) Mentally toughened; strong-minded.
- (adjective) Requiring great effort or endurance: a hard assignment.
- (adjective) Performed with or marked by great diligence or energy: a project that required years of hard work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Resistant to pressure.
- (adjective) Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand
- (adjective) Demanding a lot of effort to endure.
- (adjective) severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.
- (adjective) Unquestionable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Not easily penetrated, cut, or separated into parts; not yielding to pressure; firm; solid; compact; -- applied to material bodies, and opposed to
- (adjective) Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved.
- (adjective) Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous
- (adjective) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
- (adjective) Difficult to bear or endure; not easy to put up with or consent to; hence, severe; rigorous; oppressive; distressing; unjust; grasping
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Solid and firm to the touch; firm in substance and texture, so as not to be readily altered in shape, penetrated, or divided; so constituted as to resist compressing, penetrating, dividing, or abrading action: opposed to soft.
- (None) Not loose, or not easily loosened; firmly formed; tight; fast: as, a hard knot; hence, binding; obligatory: as, a hard and fast promise.
- (None) Hardy; tough; enduring; resistant; sound.
- (None) Difficult.
- (None) Difficult to overcome; strong; powerful.