What does hard mean?

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  1. (of material or fluid) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
    1. Resistant to pressure.
    2. (of drink or drugs) Strong.
    3. (of water) High in dissolved chemical salts, especially those of calcium.
    4. (physics) Having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft).
  2. (personal or social) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
    1. Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand.
    2. Demanding a lot of effort to endure.
    3. Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.
    4. (dated) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  3. Unquestionable.
  4. (of a road intersection) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.
  5. (bodybuilding) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.
  6. (phonetics, not comparable)
    1. Plosive.
    2. Unvoiced
    3. Velarized or plain, rather than palatalized
  7. (art) Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment.
    1. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
    2. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.
  8. (not comparable) In the form of a hard copy.
  1. (manner) With much force or effort.
  2. (manner) With difficulty.
  3. (obsolete) So as to raise difficulties.
  4. (manner) Compactly.
  5. (now archaic) Near, close.
  1. (countable, nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.
  2. (uncountable, drugs, colloquial, slang) crack cocaine.
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