hardness: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (härd'nis), [key]
- the state or quality of being hard: the hardness of ice.
- a relative degree or extent of this quality: wood of a desirable hardness.
- that quality in water that is imparted by the presence of dissolved salts, esp. calcium sulfate or bicarbonate.
- unfeelingness or jadedness; callousness.
- harshness or austerity, as of a difficult existence.
- ill will; bad feelings: There's a lot of hardness between those two boys.
- the comparative ability of a substance to scratch or be scratched by another. Cf. Mohs scale.
- the measured resistance of a metal to indention, abrasion, deformation, or machining.
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