H`ARDNESS, n. [See Hard.] Firmness; close union of the component parts; compactness; solidity; the quality of bodies which resists impression; opposed to softness and fluidity.1. Difficulty to be understood.2. Difficulty to be executed or accomplished; as the hardness of an enterprise.3. Scarcity; penury; difficulty of obtaining money; as the hardness of the times.4. Obduracy; impenitence; confirmed state of wickedness; as hardness of heart.5. Coarseness of features; harshness of look; as hardness of favor.6. Severity of cold; rigor; as the hardness of winter.7. Cruelty of temper; savageness; harshness. The blame May hang upon your hardness.8. Stiffness; harshness; roughness; as the hardnesses of sculpture.9. Closeness; niggardliness; stinginess.
10. Hardship; severe labor, trials or sufferings. Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Tim.2.