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hardening


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hardening  \Hard"en*ing\,  n. 
  1.  Making  hard  or  harder. 
 
  2.  That  which  hardens,  as  a  material  used  for  converting  the 
  surface  of  iron  into  steel. 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hardening 
  n  1:  abnormal  hardening  or  thickening  of  tissue 
  2:  the  process  of  becoming  hard  or  solid  by  cooling  or  drying 
  or  crystallization;  "the  hardening  of  concrete";  "he 
  tested  the  set  of  the  glue"  [syn:  {solidifying},  {solidification}, 
  {set}] 
  3:  the  act  of  making  something  harder  (firmer  or  tighter  or 
  more  compact) 




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