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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That rain, and the subsequent hardening of the soil on sunny days, has stunted his corn crop. CBS News, "American farmers suffering amid trade war with China and record rainfall," 12 June 2019 One keto-specific example: Not getting enough selenium, an immune-boosting antioxidant found in plant foods, can cause cardiomyopathy, a hardening of the heart muscle leading to heart failure. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 Educators worry that hardening will siphon focus and money from programs that prevent bullying and counsel at-risk kids. Justin Pritchard, The Seattle Times, "Firms sell mass-shooting solutions, but can gadgets and hardware save lives?," 2 Oct. 2018 With no word on future talks and both sides not wanting to appear weak, worries are rising that a hardening of positions could lead to a full-blown trade war. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump threatens to slap tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, raising trade tensions," 19 June 2018 Since McCain’s defeat, the further hardening of partisan lines paused progress on federal legislation addressing climate change. Fred Krupp, WSJ, "McCain Was a Warrior for the Climate," 26 Aug. 2018 On the contrary, growing disillusionment has led to despair and a hardening of attitudes among people who had sought reconciliation with Israel for 25 years. NBC News, "Amid Trump's Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures," 16 June 2018 The short- and long-term solutions span increased school hardening, reformed discipline policies and access to mental health resources. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "How many ways can you think of to make schools safer? This Broward group has 100.," 4 June 2018 Reports about isolated offenses by migrants ranging from rape to murder to aborted and successful terror plots have become a daily staple of the tabloid press, contributing to a hardening of opinions about migrants. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Immigration Backlash Erodes Merkel’s Power in Conservative Stronghold," 26 June 2018

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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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