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hard·en·ing

 (här′dn-ĭng)
n.
1. The act or process of becoming hard or harder.
2. Something that hardens, as a substance added to iron to yield steel.
3. Gradual exposure of plants to cold weather.

hardening

(ˈhɑːdənɪŋ)
n
1. the act or process of becoming or making hard
2. a substance added to another substance or material to make it harder
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hardening - abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
callosity, callus - an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot)
calcification - tissue hardened by deposition of lime salts
2.hardening - the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue"
congealment, congelation - the process of congealing; solidification by (or as if by) freezing
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
plastination - a process involving fixation and dehydration and forced impregnation and hardening of biological tissues; water and lipids are replaced by curable polymers (silicone or epoxy or polyester) that are subsequently hardened; "the plastination of specimens is valuable for research and teaching"
3.hardening - the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact)
change of integrity - the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
annealing, tempering - hardening something by heat treatment
Translations

hardening

[ˈhɑːdnɪŋ] N
1. (lit) → endurecimiento m
hardening of the arteriesendurecimiento m de las arterias, arteriosclerosis f
2. (fig) [of attitude] → radicalización f
3. (Comm) [of prices, economy] → estabilización f, consolidación f

hardening

[ˈhɑːrdənɪŋ] n
[attitude, position] → durcissement mhard-fought [ˌhɑːrdˈfɔːt] adj [battle] → acharné(e); [election, competition] → âprement disputé(e)hard hat n
[construction worker] → casque m (= riding hat) → bombe f
(US) (= construction worker) → ouvrier/ière m/f du bâtimenthard-headed [ˌhɑːrdˈhɛdɪd] adj [person] → pragmatiquehard-hearted [ˌhɑːrdˈhɑːrtɪd] adjdur(e), impitoyablehard-hitting [ˌhɑːrdˈhɪtɪŋ] adj [speech, article] → sans complaisancehard labour (British) hard labor (US) ntravaux mpl forcéshard left nextrême gauche fhard left hard-left modif [party, leader] → d'extrême gauche; [belief, viewpoint] → d'extrême gauche

hardening

n (of steel)(Er)härten nt, → Härtung f; (fig)Verhärten nt, → Verhärtung f; (St Ex) → Versteifung f, → Festigung f; (= rise)Anziehen nt; I noticed a hardening of his attitudeich habe bemerkt, dass sich seine Einstellung verhärtet; hardening of the arteriesArterienverkalkung f

hardening

[ˈhɑːdnɪŋ] nindurimento

hard·en·ing

n. endurecimiento, solidez.
___ of the arteriesarterioesclerosis.

hardening

n endurecimiento; — of the arteries aterosclerosis f (form), endurecimiento de las arterias
References in classic literature ?
Now this won't do," said John, hardening his heart against the engaging little sinner.
Now, they say," said Haley, assuming a candid and confidential air, "that this kind o' trade is hardening to the feelings; but I never found it so.
I have," returned Elinor, colouring likewise, and hardening her heart anew against any compassion for him, "I have heard it all.
So, year after year, Silas Marner had lived in this solitude, his guineas rising in the iron pot, and his life narrowing and hardening itself more and more into a mere pulsation of desire and satisfaction that had no relation to any other being.
Yet these wizards must be caught, for know this, my brother: if we return to Umgugundhlovu with the king's command undone, then there are stakes hardening in the fire of which we shall taste the point.
The thews of the sire had been transmitted to the son--it needed only the hardening of use to develop them.
So cold that the grey heavy sky is full of snow, which when it falls will settle for all winter as the ground is hardening to receive it.
Its walls were loosely constructed, and had lately been plastered throughout with a rough plaster, which the dampness of the atmosphere had prevented from hardening.
There was nothing that I could notice out of the common--except," he went on, with a slight hardening of the voice, "except that he kept his eyes fixed on Lilla, in a way which was quite intolerable to any man who might hold her dear.
Then, hardening his voice and handing the paper to Fisher without a tremor, he simply said:
The presence of the one man who did not care about her increased Miss Rome's sense that everybody else was in love with her, and each in a somewhat dangerous way: the actor with all the appetite of a savage and a spoilt child; the soldier with all the simple selfishness of a man of will rather than mind; Sir Wilson with that daily hardening concentration with which old Hedonists take to a hobby; nay, even the abject Parkinson, who had known her before her triumphs, and who followed her about the room with eyes or feet, with the dumb fascination of a dog.
Because," with his fat smile, "it cannot be against us, because it must be for us; because it is not hardening, because it is softening; because it does not make war like the hawk, but comes home unto us like the dove.