Definitions of hardening

n the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact)

annealing, tempering
hardening something by heat treatment
Type of:
change of integrity
the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

n the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization

“the hardening of concrete”
curing, set, solidification, solidifying
congealment, congelation
the process of congealing; solidification by (or as if by) freezing
Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

n abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue

callosity, callus
an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot)
tissue hardened by deposition of lime salts
clavus, corn
a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes
Type of:
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

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