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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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Most anglers have been using float-fished ragworm, but the best and most productive bait for this species is ordinary live hard-back crab, best size 1in to 2in across, just hooked through the edge of the shell with the legs left on.
The Reader is about the size of a hard-back, weighs just 9oz.
A miniature, green hard-back landscape book, embossed with gilt decoration which contains a selection of delicate illustrations.
The book, the first hard-back edition copy of 'The Full Cupboard of Life', will be sold to raise funds as part of the Christian Aid Book Sale.
To buy a hard-back copy of the anthology, send a cheque for u17.