Nearby words

  1. hardinge,
  2. hardly,
  3. hardly ever,
  4. hardman,
  5. hardmouthed,
  6. hardouin mansart,
  7. hardouin, jules,
  8. hardpan,
  9. hardrock,
  10. hards

Origin of hardness

before 900; Middle English hardnes, Old English heardnes. See hard, -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for hardness



the quality or condition of being hard
one of several measures of resistance to indentation, deformation, or abrasionSee Mohs scale, Brinell hardness number
the quality of water that causes it to impair the lathering of soap: caused by the presence of certain calcium salts. Temporary hardness can be removed by boiling whereas permanent hardness cannot
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Word Origin and History for hardness



Old English heardnysse; see hard + -ness. Meaning "difficulty of action or accomplishment" is late 14c.

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Science definitions for hardness



A measure of how easily a mineral can be scratched. Hardness is measured on the Mohs scale.
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