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1. Chem (of water) impairing the formation of a lather by soap
2. (of alcoholic drink) being a spirit rather than a wine, beer, etc.
3. (of a drug such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine) highly addictive
4. Physics (of radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays) having high energy and the ability to penetrate solids
5. Physics (of a vacuum) almost complete
6. Chiefly US (of goods) durable
7. politically extreme
8. Brit a roadway across a foreshore

hard

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(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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Are we simply to dismiss as superfluous and offensive to hard-headed strategists the profound spirituality of nonviolent leaders such as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abdul Gaffar Khan, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Cesar Chavez, and Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr?
My point is, we're all involved here," Rhodesia Jones's character Artist tells her audience in Big Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women.
Martin Lowry (1979) demonstrated that Aldus had not in fact ever used Bessarion's Greek manuscripts in the Marciana Library, that Aldus went to Venice for very hard-headed business reasons, and that his innovation of italic type had little to do with the prices of his books; but Barolini without comment adheres to older conventional wisdom on these and other points.
Accounts that omit these may pride themselves on being hard-headed, but what they really exhibit is tunnel vision.
While we dislike walking away from ras as a target, we have to be hard-headed about allocating our technical resources to those of our 11 drug discovery programs which are most likely to yield developable drugs in the near term.
If we genuinely believe the whole religious picture of God/soul/eternal peace, then it's likely we will find more emotional security than the hard-headed naturalist, since under these beliefs the individual is preserved in some form.
Sometimes presidents and controllers can seem hard-headed when it comes to increasing fixed costs.
The most explosive social issue of them all requires a hard-headed debate and participants should avoid scapegoating and scaremongering.
Yet, like Virgin Money's decision recently to end support for the Northern Rock Foundation, this seems a little too hard-headed.
I haven't forgiven the IRA for killing Tim, nor has anybody in my family and we never will," he told the BBC "But nonetheless we're pragmatic about the principles of building good relations across communities and across nations and I think you have to be quite hard-headed about it, and if I only ever did things on an emotional basis then I'd make some horrendously bad decisions.
Formerly a corporate finance partner of Deloitte and group finance director of Hyder PLC - and current chairman of marine and industrial repairing company Harris Pye Group Ltd - Mr Twamley brings a hard-headed, clear-sighted approach to a development that could restore the fortunes of Penarth and help boost the wider South Wales economy.