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Difficult vs. Hard

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Difficultadjective

Hard, not easy, requiring much effort.

‘However, the difficult weather conditions will ensure Yunnan has plenty of freshwater. File:However, the difficult weather conditions will ensure Yunnan has plenty of freshwater.ogg’;

Hardadjective

(of material or fluid) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.

Difficultadjective

Hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome.

‘Stop being difficult and eat your broccoli—you know it's good for you.’;

Hardadjective

Resistant to pressure.

‘This bread is so stale and hard, I can barely cut it.’;

Difficultadjective

(obsolete) Unable or unwilling.

Hardadjective

(of drink or drugs) Strong.

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Difficultverb

To make difficult; to impede; to perplex.

Hardadjective

(of water) High in dissolved chemical salts, especially those of calcium.

Difficultadjective

Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.

‘There is not the strength or courage left me to venture into the wide, strange, and difficult world, alone.’;

Hardadjective

Having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft).

Difficultadjective

Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person.

Hardadjective

(personal or social) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.

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Difficultverb

To render difficult; to impede; to perplex.

Hardadjective

Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand.

‘a hard problem’;

Difficultadjective

not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure;

‘a difficult task’; ‘nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access’; ‘difficult times’; ‘a difficult child’; ‘found himself in a difficult situation’; ‘why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?’;

Hardadjective

Demanding a lot of effort to endure.

‘a hard life’;

Difficultadjective

requiring much effort and trouble;

‘the mountain climb was long, steep, and difficult’;

Hardadjective

Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.

‘a hard master;’; ‘a hard heart;’; ‘hard words;’; ‘a hard character’; ‘don't be so hard on yourself’;

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Hardadjective

(dated) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.

Hardadjective

Unquestionable.

‘hard evidence’;

Hardadjective

(of a road intersection) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.

‘At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the hard left.’;

Hardadjective

Sexually aroused.

‘I got so hard watching two hot guys wrestle each other on the beach.’;

Hardadjective

(bodybuilding) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.

Hardadjective

Plosive.

‘There is a hard c in "clock" and a soft c in "centre".’;

Hardadjective

Unvoiced

‘Hard k, t, s, ch, as distinguished from soft, g, d, z, j.’;

Hardadjective

Velarized or plain, rather than palatalized

Hardadjective

(arts) Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment.

Hardadjective

Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.

Hardadjective

Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.

Hardadjective

(uncomparable) In the form of a hard copy.

‘We need both a digital archive and a hard archive.’;

Hardadverb

(manner) With much force or effort.

‘He hit the puck hard up the ice.’; ‘They worked hard all week.’; ‘At the intersection, bear hard left.’; ‘The recession hit them especially hard.’; ‘Think hard about your choices.’;

Hardadverb

(manner) With difficulty.

‘His degree was hard earned.’; ‘The vehicle moves hard.’;

Hardadverb

(obsolete) So as to raise difficulties.

Hardadverb

(manner) Compactly.

‘The lake had finally frozen hard.’;

Hardadverb

Near, close.

Hardnoun

A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.

Hardnoun

crack cocaine.

Hardnoun

(motorsports) hard tyre A tyre whose compound is softer than superhards, and harder than mediums.

Hardadjective

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.

Hardadjective

Difficult, mentally or judicially; not easily apprehended, decided, or resolved; as a hard problem.

‘The hard causes they brought unto Moses.’; ‘In which are some things hard to be understood.’;

Hardadjective

Difficult to accomplish; full of obstacles; laborious; fatiguing; arduous; as, a hard task; a disease hard to cure.

Hardadjective

Difficult to resist or control; powerful.

‘The stag was too hard for the horse.’; ‘A power which will be always too hard for them.’;

Hardadjective

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.

‘I never could drive a hard bargain.’;

Hardadjective

Difficult to please or influence; stern; unyielding; obdurate; unsympathetic; unfeeling; cruel; as, a hard master; a hard heart; hard words; a hard character.

Hardadjective

Not easy or agreeable to the taste; harsh; stiff; rigid; ungraceful; repelling; as, a hard style.

‘Figures harder than even the marble itself.’;

Hardadjective

Rough; acid; sour, as liquors; as, hard cider.

Hardadjective

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.

Hardadjective

Wanting softness or smoothness of utterance; harsh; as, a hard tone.

Hardadjective

Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.

Hardadverb

With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly.

‘And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince.’; ‘My fatherIs hard at study; pray now, rest yourself.’;

Hardadverb

With difficulty; as, the vehicle moves hard.

Hardadverb

Uneasily; vexatiously; slowly.

Hardadverb

So as to raise difficulties.

Hardadverb

With tension or strain of the powers; violently; with force; tempestuously; vehemently; vigorously; energetically; as, to press, to blow, to rain hard; hence, rapidly; nimbly; as, to run hard.

Hardadverb

Close or near.

‘Whose house joined hard to the synagogue.’;

Hardverb

To harden; to make hard.

Hardnoun

A ford or passage across a river or swamp.

Hardadjective

not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure;

‘a difficult task’; ‘nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access’; ‘difficult times’; ‘a difficult child’; ‘found himself in a difficult situation’; ‘why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?’;

Hardadjective

metaphorically hard;

‘a hard fate’; ‘took a hard look’; ‘a hard bargainer’; ‘a hard climb’;

Hardadjective

not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated;

‘hard as rock’;

Hardadjective

very strong or vigorous;

‘strong winds’; ‘a hard left to the chin’; ‘a knockout punch’; ‘a severe blow’;

Hardadjective

characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort;

‘worked their arduous way up the mining valley’; ‘a grueling campaign’; ‘hard labor’; ‘heavy work’; ‘heavy going’; ‘spent many laborious hours on the project’; ‘set a punishing pace’;

Hardadjective

of speech sounds

Hardadjective

of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately;

‘does a lot of hard drinking’; ‘a heavy drinker’;

Hardadjective

having undergone fermentation;

‘hard cider’;

Hardadjective

having a high alcoholic content;

‘hard liquor’;

Hardadjective

unfortunate or hard to bear;

‘had hard luck’; ‘a tough break’;

Hardadjective

dried out;

‘hard dry rolls left over from the day before’;

Hardadverb

with effort or force or vigor;

‘the team played hard’; ‘worked hard all day’; ‘pressed hard on the lever’; ‘hit the ball hard’; ‘slammed the door hard’;

Hardadverb

with firmness;

‘held hard to the railing’;

Hardadverb

earnestly or intently;

‘thought hard about it’; ‘stared hard at the accused’;

Hardadverb

causing great damage or hardship;

‘industries hit hard by the depression’; ‘she was severely affected by the bank's failure’;

Hardadverb

slowly and with difficulty;

‘prejudices die hard’;

Hardadverb

indulging excessively;

‘he drank heavily’;

Hardadverb

into a solid condition;

‘concrete that sets hard within a few hours’;

Hardadverb

very near or close in space or time;

‘it stands hard by the railroad tracks’; ‘they were hard on his heels’; ‘a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening’;

Hardadverb

with pain or distress or bitterness;

‘he took the rejection very hard’;

Hardadverb

to the full extent possible; all the way;

‘hard alee’; ‘the ship went hard astern’; ‘swung the wheel hard left’;

Hardadjective

solid, firm, and rigid; not easily broken, bent, or pierced

‘the slate broke on the hard floor’; ‘rub the varnish down when it's hard’;

Hardadjective

(of a person) not showing any signs of weakness; tough

‘only a handful are hard enough to join the SAS’;

Hardadjective

(of prices of shares, commodities, etc.) high and stable; firm.

Hardadjective

done with a great deal of force or strength

‘a hard whack’;

Hardadjective

requiring a great deal of endurance or effort

‘airship-flying was pretty hard work’; ‘she found it hard to believe that he could be involved’; ‘it's hard for drummers these days’;

Hardadjective

putting a lot of energy into an activity

‘he'd been a hard worker all his life’; ‘everyone has been hard at work’;

Hardadjective

difficult to bear; causing suffering

‘he'd had a hard life’; ‘times were hard at the end of the war’;

Hardadjective

difficult to understand or solve

‘this is a really hard question’;

Hardadjective

not showing sympathy or affection; strict

‘he can be such a hard taskmaster’;

Hardadjective

(of a season or the weather) severe

‘it's been a long, hard winter’;

Hardadjective

harsh or unpleasant to the senses

‘the hard light of morning’;

Hardadjective

(of wine) harsh or sharp to the taste, especially because of tannin.

Hardadjective

(of information) reliable, especially because based on something true or substantiated

‘hard facts about the underclass are maddeningly elusive’;

Hardadjective

(of a subject of study) dealing with precise and verifiable facts

‘efforts to turn psychology into hard science’;

Hardadjective

denoting an extreme or dogmatic faction within a political party

‘the hard left’;

Hardadjective

(of science fiction) dealing with technological advances which do not contravene currently accepted scientific laws or principles

‘a hard SF novel’;

Hardadjective

strongly alcoholic; denoting a spirit rather than beer or wine.

Hardadjective

(of a drug) potent and addictive.

Hardadjective

(of radiation) highly penetrating.

Hardadjective

(of pornography) highly obscene and explicit.

Hardadjective

(of water) containing relatively high concentrations of dissolved calcium and magnesium salts, which make lathering difficult

‘hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water’;

Hardadjective

(of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) erect.

Hardadjective

(of a man) having an erect penis.

Hardadjective

(of a consonant) pronounced as a velar plosive (as c in cat, g in go).

Hardadverb

with a great deal of effort

‘they work hard at school’;

Hardadverb

with a great deal of force; violently

‘it was raining hard’;

Hardadverb

so as to be solid or firm

‘the mortar has set hard’;

Hardadverb

to the fullest extent possible

‘put the wheel hard over to starboard’;

Hardnoun

a road leading down across a foreshore.

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