adv close or near.
2. hard ·adv so as to raise difficulties.
3. hard ·adv uneasily; vexatiously; slowly.
4. hard ·noun a ford or passage across a river or swamp.
5. hard ·adv with difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.
6. hard ·superl difficult to resist or control; powerful.
7. hard ·vt to harden; to make hard.
8. hard ·superl rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.
9. hard ·adv with pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.
10. hard ·superl wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.
11. hard ·superl having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in the coloring or light and shade.
12. hard ·superl rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
13. hard ·superl not easy or agreeable to the taste; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.
14. hard ·superl difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.
15. hard ·superl difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure.
xvi. hard ·superl difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.
xvii. hard ·adv with tension or strain of the powers; violently; with force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously; energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence, rapidly; as, to run hard.
xviii. hard ·superl not easily penetrated, cut, or separated into parts; not yielding to pressure; firm; solid; compact;
applied to material bodies, and opposed to soft; as, hard wood; hard flesh; a hard apple.
xix. hard ·superl difficult to bear or endure; not easy to put up with or consent to; hence, severe; rigorous; oppressive; distressing; unjust; grasping; as, a hard lot; hard times; hard fare; a hard winter; hard conditions or terms.
xx. hard ·superl abrupt or explosive in utterance; not aspirated, sibilated, or pronounced with a gradual change of the organs from one position to another;
said of certain consonants, as c in came, and g in go, as distinguished from the same letters in center, general, ·etc.