hardness

noun
hard·​ness | \ ˈhärd-nəs How to pronounce hardness (audio) \

Definition of hardness

1 : the quality or state of being hard
2a : the cohesion of the particles on the surface of a mineral as determined by its capacity to scratch another or be itself scratched — compare mohs' scale
b : resistance of metal to indentation under a static load or to scratching

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Examples of hardness in a Sentence

the hardness of a diamond The wood's hardness makes it suitable for carving.
Recent Examples on the Web For water used for industrial purposes, the changes remove specific numeric standards for pH, chloride and hardness and replace them with a narrative description. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards," 9 Apr. 2021 High Hardness Performance Screwdriver Bits: 22 magnetic screwdriver bits (weakness magnetic to protect your electronics) made from alloy S2 steel, HRC 58-62, anti-rust treatment and hardness heated treatment finished. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon shoppers are so obsessed with this 22-in-1 screwdriver set for $22," 23 Mar. 2021 The steel has a hardness rating of 55 to 58 HRC, ensuring their durability. Popular Science, "Cook like a professional with this set of five Damascus steel chef knives," 14 Mar. 2021 The chrome vanadium head has a hardness of 55-60HRC, which are Designed and manufactured by AMIR and ORIA using highest quality materials and methods. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Have you seen these 10 exclusive Amazon deals for Prime members only?," 10 Mar. 2021 High Hardness Performance Screwdriver Bits: 22 magnetic screwdriver bits (weakness magnetic to protect your electronics) made from alloy S2 steel, HRC 58-62, anti-rust treatment and hardness heated treatment finished. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Special Amazon coupon slashes this popular new 22-piece screwdriver set to $18.69 for 48 hours," 15 Mar. 2021 Dairy farmers across Canada have been asked to stop feeding cattle palm oil in response to complaints from consumers who complained about the hardness of their butter. Karen Ho, Quartz, "The economics driving Canada’s “buttergate”," 4 Mar. 2021 Another choice are cobalt steel alloys, which can hold their hardness at high temperatures, and can even drill through stainless steel. Popular Science, "Drill bit sets that can punch through the toughest projects," 1 Mar. 2021 Water filters remove bacteria, hardness, and unwanted impurities from water, such as sediment, taste, and odor, to improve its quality. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Under a Boil Water Advisory? Here’s What You Need to Know—Including What You Can (and Can’t) Do," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hardness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Apr 2021

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“Hardness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardness. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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hardness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hardness

: the quality or state of being hard

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