hards

[ hahrdz ]
/ hɑrdz /

plural noun

the refuse or coarser parts of flax or hemp, separated in hackling.

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Origin of hards

First recorded before 900; Middle English herdes, Old English heordan
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Example sentences from the Web for hards

  • I think the Hards must have deteriorated considerably since the battle of Lexington.

    Across the Mesa|Jarvis Hall
  • You shrink from the hards of life which I steer happily through.

    The Half-Hearted|John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for hards

hards

hurds

/ (hɑːdz) /

pl n

coarse fibres and other refuse from flax and hemp

Word Origin for hards

Old English heordan (plural); related to Middle Dutch hēde, Greek keskeon tow
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