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n. strength, toughness; stiffness; firmness, solidness
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Hardness is the measure of how resistant solid matter is to various kinds of permanent shape change when a force is applied. Macroscopic hardness is generally characterized by strong intermolecular bonds, but the behavior of solid materials under force is complex; therefore, there are different measurements of hardness: scratch hardness, indentation hardness, and rebound hardness.
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1. the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
(hypernym) consistency, consistence, body
2. devoid of passion or feeling
(synonym) unfeelingness, callousness, insensibility
(hypernym) insensitivity, insensitiveness
3. the quality of being difficult to do; "he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness"
(hypernym) difficulty, difficultness
4. excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
(synonym) severity, harshness, rigor, rigour, inclemency, stiffness
(hypernym) sternness, strictness
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