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'hard' - used as an adjective
Synonyms for 'hard'
1. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?
2. dispassionate
took a hard look
a hard bargainer
3. resisting weight or pressure
4. very strong or vigorous
a hard left to the chin
5. characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
hard labor
6. produced without vibration of the vocal cords
7. (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
8. (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants
9. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
a hard drinker
10. being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
hard liquor
11. unfortunate or hard to bear
had hard luck
12. dried out
hard dry rolls left over from the day before

'hard' - used as a adverb
13. 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
14. with firmness
held hard to the railing
15. earnestly or intently
thought hard about it
stared hard at the accused
16. causing great damage or hardship
industries hit hard by the depression
17. slowly and with difficulty
prejudices die hard
18. indulging excessively
19. into a solid condition
concrete that sets hard within a few hours
20. 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
21. with pain or distress or bitterness
he took the rejection very hard
22. to the full extent possible; all the way
hard alee
the ship went hard astern
swung the wheel hard left

derived forms
1. Hard / Comparitive
2. Hard / Superlative
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    Urine from men?s public urinals was sold as a commodity in Ancient Rome. It was used as a dye and for making clothes hard.