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hard

adjective (WATER)    /hɑːd/ US  /hɑːrd/
refers to water that contains a high level of minerals that prevent soap from cleaning Water in general Grammar:HardHard is both an adjective and an adverb. When it is an adverb, it means ‘needing or using a lot of physical or mental effort’. It goes after the main verb: hardness     /-nəs/ noun [U] These alloys are characterized by their extreme hardness.Hard and firmWater in general
(Definition of hard adjective (WATER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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