What is the meaning of hardening?


  • Abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue.
  • The process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization.
    • usage: "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue"
  • The act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact. )


  • Become hard or harder.
    • usage: "The wax hardened"
  • Make hard or harder.
    • usage: "The cold hardened the butter"
  • Harden by reheating and cooling in oil.
    • usage: "temper steel"
  • Make fit.
    • usage: "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"
  • Cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate.
    • usage: "He was inured to the cold"
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