verb (used with object)
Metallurgy. to make the outside surface of (an alloy having an iron base) hard by carburizing and heat treatment, leaving the interior tough and ductile.
to harden in spirit so as to render insensible or insensitive to external impressions or influences; make callous.
Origin of caseharden
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Related Words for case-hardenconform, strengthen, stupefy, discipline, inure, develop, callous, acclimatize, adapt, habituate, stun, steel, embitter, season, train, numb, deaden, teach, dull, stiffen
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Historical Examples of case-harden
Many woods, however, check severely in air-drying or case-harden in the air.Seasoning of Wood
Joseph B. Wagner
metallurgy to form a hard surface layer of high carbon content on (a steel component) by heating in a carburizing environment with subsequent quenching or heat treatment
to harden the spirit or disposition of; make callousexperience had case-hardened the judge
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