[ keys-hahr-dn ]
/ ˈkeɪsˌhɑr dn /
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.
“In Case Of” vs. “In The Event Of”: Which One Is Correct?Do you break the glass in case of emergency or in the event of emergency? The phrases in case of and in the event of are both prepositions. The first one means if it should occur. The second means if or when something happens. A preposition is a word or phrase that shows a relationship between two elements in a clause. Some common prepositions are …
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Examples from the Web for case-harden
Many woods, however, check severely in air-drying or case-harden in the air.Seasoning of Wood|Joseph B. Wagner
British Dictionary definitions for case-harden
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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