[ hahrd-sur-fis ]

verb (used with object)

, hard-sur·faced, hard-sur·fac·ing.
  1. to make the surface of (something) hard or firm, as by compacting or paving it:

    to hard-surface a parking area.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hard-surface1

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

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Example Sentences

He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history.

The model had already been subject to recall in 2009 for firing when dropped on a hard surface.

Then the little Asiatics, without further orders, bent to their task and the big cage rolled out to the hard surface.

Next moment I was aware of a horrid thud, and a fierce blow against some hard surface.

First wash the clams to remove the sand, and then place a clam on a hard surface so that the pointed edge is up.

He felt himself lying on a smooth hard surface, and heard the humming stop and be succeeded by a complete silence.

For an instant faint twitches broke her face's hard surface, but it tightened again.


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