III. WORDS RELATING TO MATTER

II. INORGANIC MATTER

1. Solid Matter

Hardness.

[Antonyms: softness.]

[Nouns] hardness; rigidity; renitence, renitency; inflexibility, temper, callosity, durity

induration, petrifaction; lapidification, lapidescence; vitrification, ossification; crystallization.

stone, pebble, flint, marble, rock, fossil, crag, crystal, quartz, granite, adamant; bone, cartilage; hardware; heart of oak, block, board, deal board; iron, steel; cast iron, decarbonized iron, wrought iron; nail; brick, concrete; cement.

[Verbs] render hard; harden, stiffen, indurate, petrify, temper, ossify, vitrify; accrust.

[Adjectives] hard, rigid, stubborn, stiff, firm; starch, starched; stark, unbending, unlimber, unyielding; inflexible, tense; indurate, indurated; gritty, proof.

adamant, adamantine, adamantean; concrete, stony, granitic, calculous, lithic, vitreous; horny, corneous; bony; osseous, ossific; cartilaginous; hard as a rock; stiff as buckram, stiff as a poker.

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