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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harden  \Hard"en\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  become  hard  or  harder;  to  acquire  solidity,  or  more 
  compactness;  as  mortar  hardens  by  drying. 
 
  The  deliberate  judgment  of  those  who  knew  him  [A. 
  Lincoln]  has  hardened  into  tradition.  --The  Century. 
 
  2.  To  become  confirmed  or  strengthened,  in  either  a  good  or  a 
  bad  sense 
 
  They  hardened  more  by  what  might  most  reclaim. 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harden  \Hard"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hardened};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Hardening}.]  [OE.  hardnen,  hardenen.] 
  1.  To  make  hard  or  harder;  to  make  firm  or  compact;  to 
  indurate;  as  to  harden  clay  or  iron. 
 
  2.  To  accustom  by  labor  or  suffering  to  endure  with 
  constancy;  to  strengthen;  to  stiffen;  to  inure;  also  to 
  confirm  in  wickedness  or  shame;  to  make  unimpressionable. 
  ``Harden  not  your  heart.''  --Ps.  xcv.  8. 
 
  I  would  harden  myself  in  sorrow.  --Job  vi  10. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hurden  \Hur"den\,  n.  [From  {Hurds}.] 
  A  coarse  kind  of  linen;  --  called  also  {harden}.  [Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harden 
  v  1:  become  hard  or  harder;  "The  wax  hardened"  [ant:  {soften}] 
  2:  make  hard  or  harder;  "The  cold  hardened  the  butter"  [ant:  {soften}] 
  3:  harden  by  reheating  and  cooling  in  oil;  "temper  steel"  [syn: 
  {temper}] 
  4:  make  fit  "This  trip  will  season  even  the  hardiest 
  traveller"  [syn:  {season}] 
  5:  cause  to  accept  or  become  hardened  to  habituate;  "He  was 
  inured  to  the  cold"  [syn:  {inure}] 




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