hard·​en·​er | \ ˈhärd-nər How to pronounce hardener (audio) , ˈhär-dᵊn-ər \

Definition of hardener

: one that hardens especially : a substance added (as to a paint or varnish) to harden the film

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Recent Examples on the Web Formaldehyde This substance is used in nail polish and nail hardener. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "These 4 Chemicals May Pose the Most Risk for Nail Salon Workers," 12 May 2015 One combination of products is Bondo Wood Restorer as the hardener (eight ounces for $18.97 at Home Depot) and Bondo Wood Filler, a two-part polyester formula (12 ounces for $13.68). Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to fix a water-damaged bathroom windowsill," 30 Sep. 2019 Brush on wood hardener to solidify spongy wood fibers, creating a firm base. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to fix a water-damaged bathroom windowsill," 30 Sep. 2019 Wade took some, mixed it with hardener, applied it to his car, sanded it down and applied primer paint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Alberto Pulido," 29 July 2019 According to the Mayo Clinic, this can happen after an injury, infection, or even as the result of using certain nail hardeners. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "This Woman's Toenails Fell Off After Getting a "Fish Pedicure"," 6 July 2018 Almost always comes with a tube of hardener; if not, see below. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Your Car's Dents and Dings," 21 Feb. 2018 For larger amounts of paint, purchase a paint hardener, like Homax 3535 3 Pack Waste-Away Paint Hardener ($5, amazon.com) at a home improvement store for just a few dollars. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Leftover Paint the Right Way," 17 Jan. 2018 This required us to mix two small vials of adhesive and hardener in the syringe before starting, which was simple. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Cracked Windshield," 9 Jan. 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Hardener.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardener. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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