Hard·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hardened p. pr. & vb. n. Hardening ]
1. To make hard or harder; to make firm or compact; to indurate; as, to harden clay or iron.
2. To accustom by labor or suffering to endure with constancy; to strengthen; to stiffen; to inure; also, to confirm in wickedness or shame; to make unimpressionable. “Harden not your heart.”
I would harden myself in sorrow. --Job vi. 10.
Hard·en, v. i.
1. To become hard or harder; to acquire solidity, or more compactness; as, mortar hardens by drying.
The deliberate judgment of those who knew him [A. Lincoln] has hardened into tradition. --The Century.
2. To become confirmed or strengthened, in either a good or a bad sense.
They, hardened more by what might most reclaim. --Milton.
v 1: become hard or harder; "The wax hardened" [syn: indurate]
2: make hard or harder; "The cold hardened the butter" [syn: indurate]
3: harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel" [syn:
4: make fit; "This trip will season even the hardiest
traveller" [syn: season]
5: cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate; "He was
inured to the cold" [syn: inure, indurate]