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English noun: hardening

1. hardening (state) abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue

Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)calcification, callosity, callus

2. hardening (process) the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization

SamplesThe hardening of concrete.
He tested the set of the glue.

Synonymscuring, set, solidification, solidifying

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

Narrower (hyponym)congealment, congelation

Part meronymplastination

3. hardening (act) the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact)

Broader (hypernym)change of integrity

Narrower (hyponym)annealing, tempering

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