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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

[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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But after three hours the Marionette's eyes were still open, his mouth still shut and his legs kicked harder than ever.
Jerry took it to heart a good deal, for of course the work was harder for horse and man.
That evil genius, Compeyson, the worst of scoundrels among many scoundrels, knowing of his keeping out of the way at that time, and of his reasons for doing so, of course afterwards held the knowledge over his head as a means of keeping him poorer, and working him harder.
The chief steward, a very stupid but cunning man who saw perfectly through the naive and intelligent count and played with him as with a toy, seeing the effect these prearranged receptions had on Pierre, pressed him still harder with proofs of the impossibility and above all the uselessness of freeing the serfs, who were quite happy as it was.
She tried in a blind, hopeless way to do her duty, secretly rebelling against it all the while, for it seemed unjust that her few joys should be lessened, her burdens made heavier, and life get harder and harder as she toiled along.
And if difficulties were necessary to increase the splendor of the effort, what could be harder for a restless, ambitious girl than to give up her own hopes, plans, and desires, and cheerfully live for others?
Therefore they worked hard, but not harder than Judge Driscoll and Tom worked against them in the closing days of the canvass.
But I know that there is no harder trial for a seaman than to feel a dead ship under his feet.
For it breeds great perfection, if the practice be harder than the use.
Much higher and harder exercises of judgment and penetration may reasonably be expected from the upper graduates in criticism.
I must catch Hal and tell him," he kept thinking, and although his breath came in gasps he kept running harder and harder.
According to a statement by Jamie's sisters, Alexandra Harder and Jennifer Farrell: "Both of our parents have worked very hard to provide future education opportunities for local students honoring our sister and the extraordinary life she lived.