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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
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hard

[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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References in classic literature ?
They were "northwesters;" men seasoned to hardships, who cared for neither wind nor weather.
To keep silent before the curtain went up was no hardship for him.
"You have not made my life pleasant to me of late"--"the hardships which our marriage has brought on me"--these words were stinging his imagination as a pain makes an exaggerated dream.
But they kept on with dogged patience, through many hardships.
We arrived that evening, after many hardships and adventures, in some fields close to the great ice-arch where the mad Visp boils and surges out from under the foot of the great Gorner Glacier, and here we camped, our perils over and our magnificent undertaking successfully completed.
I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships, and have more to contend with, than others.
All kept silence for some time, and the King told us by his interpreter that we were welcome to his dominions, that he had been informed we were to come by the Emperor his father, and that he condoled the hardships we had undergone at sea.
Citing the Dey case discussed above, the court started its undue hardship discussion with the often-cited statement that "accommodations that result in other employees having to work harder or longer arc often denied on the ground of undue hardship." (407) Because the RiteAid store operated on a lean staffing model--where there are generally only one or two cashiers and a manager on duty, and the cashiers were expected to stock merchandise or clean--"having a cashier sit idly for half of her shift would necessarily cause productiv[it]y and morale issues." (408) The EEOC countered that the sitting accommodation was essentially cost-free and that the defendant could easily absorb the impact caused by the accommodation because it was a large corporation with over 80,000 employees.
The board agreed to retain this reserve as a general industrial hardship fund for NZNO members, and that any further reguests for funds not related to the DHB negotiations be made by formal application to the board.
Chevron, which reported a net income of $9.2 billion in 2017, becomes the largest known company to be awarded a hardship waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires refiners to blend biofuels like ethanol into their fuel pool or buy compliance credits from competitors that do.
As many employers are aware, some Code Section 401(k) plans permit participants to take plan withdrawals during employment on account of a hardship. Prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the Budget Act), plan participants seeking to obtain a hardship withdrawal from their Code Section 401(k) plan were required to first take out all available plan loans.
class="MsoNormalFREQUENT TRANSFERS We will be making frequent rotations, maybe after three months or so especially for county staff posted to hardship areas.