Search Result for "hardness":
1. the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale;
2. a quality of water that contains dissolved mineral salts that prevent soap from lathering;
- Example: "the costs of reducing hardness depend on the relative amounts of calcium and magnesium compounds that are present"
3. devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness;
[syn: unfeelingness, callousness, callosity, hardness, insensibility]
4. the quality of being difficult to do;
- Example: "he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness"
- Example: "the ruggedness of his exams caused half the class to fail"
[syn: hardness, ruggedness]
5. excessive sternness;
- Example: "severity of character"
- Example: "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
- Example: "the rigors of boot camp"
[syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hardness \Hard"ness\, n. [AS. heardness.] 1. The quality or state of being hard, literally or figuratively. [1913 Webster] The habit of authority also had given his manners some peremptory hardness. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. (Min.) The cohesion of the particles on the surface of a body, determined by its capacity to scratch another, or be itself scratched; -- measured among minerals on a scale of which diamond and talc form the extremes. [1913 Webster] 3. (Chem.) The peculiar quality exhibited by water which has mineral salts dissolved in it. Such water forms an insoluble compound with soap, and is hence unfit for washing purposes. [1913 Webster] Note: This quality is caused by the presence of calcium carbonate, causing temporary hardness which can be removed by boiling, or by calcium sulphate, causing permanent hardness which can not be so removed, but may be improved by the addition of sodium carbonate. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
158 Moby Thesaurus words for "hardness": Philistinism, abstruseness, arduousness, armor, asperity, astringency, austerity, bothersomeness, burdensomeness, callosity, callousness, callus, closeness, cohesiveness, coldbloodedness, coldheartedness, coldness, compactness, complexity, complication, congestedness, congestion, consistence, consistency, crabbedness, crampedness, crowdedness, cruelty, deepness, denseness, density, difficultness, difficulty, durability, esoterica, firmness, flintiness, formidable defenses, fundamentalism, gluiness, grimness, hairiness, hard heart, hard shell, hardenedness, hardheartedness, hardiness, hardness of heart, hardship, harshness, heart of stone, heartlessness, impenetrability, impenitence, impenitentness, impermeability, imperviousness, impliability, imporosity, inclemency, incompressibility, induration, inexorability, inexorableness, inflexibility, infrangibility, insensitiveness, insensitivity, insolence, intricacy, inuredness, irrepentance, jammedness, knottiness, laboriousness, lastingness, leatherlikeness, mercilessness, nonrepentance, obduracy, obdurateness, obstinacy, onerousness, oppressiveness, orthodoxy, pitilessness, precisianism, profoundness, profundity, purism, puritanism, reconditeness, relative density, relentlessness, remorselessness, resistance, rhinoceros hide, rigidity, rigidness, rigor, rigorousness, ropiness, roughness, ruggedness, ruthlessness, seared conscience, severity, short shrift, solidity, solidness, soundness, specific gravity, spissitude, stability, stamina, staunchness, sternness, stiffness, stoniness, stoutness, strength, strenuousness, stringency, stringiness, stubbornness, sturdiness, temper, tenacity, tender mercies, thick skin, thickness, toilsomeness, toughness, troublesomeness, unabjectness, unbendingness, unbreakability, unbreakableness, uncompassionateness, uncompromisingness, uncontriteness, unfeeling, unfeelingness, unforgivingness, ungentleness, unmercifulness, unnaturalness, unrelentingness, unremorsefulness, unresponsiveness, unsympatheticness, unyieldingness, vicissitude, vigor, viscidity, viscosity, viscousness, vitality