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hardener

[hahr-dn-er] /ˈhɑr dn ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that hardens.
2.
a substance mixed with paint or other protective covering to make the finish harder or more durable.
3.
Photography. a chemical used to raise the melting point of an emulsion.
Origin of hardener
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; harden + -er1
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  • She was a harmful woman, a destroyer of young tempers, a hardener of young hearts.

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  • Guet and guiv demand dhe (u) hardener, az boldly az gues and guilt.

  • A recent rival of tungsten both as a filament for lamps and hardener for steel is molybdenum.

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British Dictionary definitions for hardener

hardener

/ˈhɑːdə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that hardens
2.
a substance added to paint or varnish to increase durability
3.
an ingredient of certain adhesives and synthetic resins that accelerates or promotes setting
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Word Origin and History for hardener
n.

1610s, from harden + -er (1).

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