hard·​en·​ing | \ ˈhärd-niŋ How to pronounce hardening (audio) , ˈhär-dᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of hardening

: sclerosis sense 1 hardening of the arteries

Examples of hardening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is more a comment about the wider shifting sands of the global economy and a hardening of a lack of confidence what sovereign governments are doing for us. Michael Gale, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 This includes better hardening of buildings and preparing for loss of power and water. NBC News, 28 Aug. 2021 Alana Castaneda can feel her scar tissue hardening, pulling her jaw to the left. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Dec. 2021 If your blood pressure is elevated, though this hinders blood flow over time and can cause organ damage, hardening of your arteries, and plaque buildup within your arteries. Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 20 Oct. 2021 This mindset can lead to an overemphasis on facility hardening, separate and locked-down C-Suites and reactive processes. Fred Burton, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Here the traditional generation-distribution model could work but only with grid hardening, especially by burying cables. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 The unusually high-profile address will be watched carefully for signs of outreach to the Taiwanese public or any hardening of China’s line. David Rising, ajc, 9 Oct. 2021 The external effects of that day were obvious and enduring — the overseas wars, the nationalization and hardening of airline security, the rebranding of the presidency of George W. Bush. Kyle Smith, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of hardening

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hardening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardening. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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hard·​en·​ing | \ ˈhärd-niŋ, -ᵊn-iŋ How to pronounce hardening (audio) \

Medical Definition of hardening

: sclerosis sense 1 hardening of the arteries


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