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hard water[′härd ¦wȯd·ər]
Water that contains certain salts, such as those of calcium or magnesium, which form insoluble deposits in boilers and form precipitates with soap.
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Water containing solutions of mineral salts (sulfates of calcium and magnesium, carbonates, and bicarbonates). Also see water softener.
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