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"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?" Synonyms: difficult,
resisting weight or pressure
dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";
(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"
(of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source Synonyms: concentrated,
produced without vibration of the vocal cords; "unvoiced consonants such as `p'' and `k'' and `s''" Synonyms: unvoiced, voiceless, surd,
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"
to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"
slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"
causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank''s failure" Synonyms: severely, severely,
with firmness; "held hard to the railing" Synonyms: firmly, firmly,
earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"
with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard"
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"
into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"