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

Definition of hardening

: sclerosis sense 1 hardening of the arteries

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This week's clashes highlighted the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities, which show no sign of abating as long as the government continues to refuse calls for dialogue. Fox News, "Chinese diplomat warns Beijing ‘will not sit on its hands’; military runs drills near Hong Kong border," 15 Aug. 2019 Ocasek died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, also known as atherosclerosis, which is a plaque build-up in the arteries and can cause hardening and/or narrowing in the heart muscle. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "The Cars Frontman Ric Ocasek's Cause of Death Revealed to Be Cardiovascular Disease," 16 Sep. 2019 The third group, subjected to rapid cold hardening, spent two hours adjusting from 2 degrees to -5 degrees, then 24 hours acclimating to -9 degrees. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survives the Freezing Temperatures," 10 Sep. 2019 There’s a hardening of attitude on both the side of the protesters and the authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong respectively. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: ‘Cockroaches’ vs. ‘terrorists': Can Hong Kong protesters and police dial down the rage?," 1 Sep. 2019 The hardening is evident on the front lines of the territory’s young demonstrators. The Economist, "Is Hong Kong moving closer to the abyss that its leaders warn about?," 17 Aug. 2019 The formal monthly security update schedule that Ghuloum is talking about was started up in response to those vulnerabilities, and the media framework hardening continues to this day. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Q(&A): Android Engineers take us on a deep dive of Android Q," 3 July 2019 During production, our half gallons are flipped upside down and sent to a hardening room where the ice cream freezes to the lid creating a natural seal. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Viral video shows woman licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream ... and then putting it back in the store freezer," 1 July 2019 John’s reticence reflected a conscious hardening of his faith. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of hardening

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of hardening

What It Is

Hardening refers to stabilization or steady increases in a price level.

How It Works

Financial instruments and derivatives frequently experience volatile market-price fluctuations. Hardening is the process of market prices gradually returns to a normal levels following a period of instability. Likewise, an item that experiences steady long-term gains rather than abrupt short-term price escalations is described as hardening

Why It Matters

Hardened securities and derivatives tend to experience smaller day-to-day fluctuations and are often attractive to investors, because they become easier to predict and have a decreased level of risk.

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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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