Hard vs Hazard - What's the difference?

hard | hazard |

As nouns the difference between hard and hazard

is that hard is stove, heater; an enclosed space in which fuel (usually wood) is burned to provide heating, usually for cooking while hazard is (historical) a type of game played with dice.

As a verb hazard is

to expose to chance; to take a risk.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (label) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
  • # Resistant to pressure.
  • # (label) Strong.
  • # (label) High in dissolved calcium compounds.
  • # Having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft).
  • (label) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
  • # Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand.
  • #* 1988 , An Oracle , Edmund White
  • Ray found it hard to imagine having accumulated so many mannerisms before the dawn of sex, of the sexual need to please, of the staginess sex encourages or the tightly capped wells of poisoned sexual desire the disappointed must stand guard over.
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-26, author= Nick Miroff
  • , volume=189, issue=7, page=32, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […] , passage=The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard -to-find critters such as ostrich, wild boar and crocodile.}}
  • # Demanding a lot of effort to endure.
  • # Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal.
  • # (label) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
  • #* (w, Roger L'Estrange) (1616-1704)
  • The stag was too hard for the horse.
  • #* (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • a power which will be always too hard for them
  • Unquestionable.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 19, author=Kerry Brown, work=The Guardian
  • , title= Kim Jong-il obituary , passage=Unsurprisingly for a man who went into mourning for three years after the death in 1994 of his own father, the legendary leader Kim Il-sung, and who in the first 30 years of his political career made no public statements, even to his own people, Kim's career is riddled with claims, counter claims, speculation, and contradiction. There are few hard facts about his birth and early years. }}
  • (label) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle.
  • Sexually aroused.
  • (label) Having muscles that are tightened as a result of intense, regular exercise.
  • (label)
  • # Plosive.
  • # Unvoiced
  • Hard' ''k'', ''t'', ''s'', ''ch'', as distinguished from '''soft , ''g'', ''d'', ''z'', ''j
  • (label) Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment.
  • # Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
  • # Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.
  • (label) In the form of a hard copy.
  • We need both a digital archive and a hard archive.


    * (resistant to pressure ): resistant, solid, stony * (requiring a lot of effort to do or understand ): confusing, difficult, puzzling, tough, tricky * (requiring a lot of effort to endure ): difficult, intolerable, tough, unbearable * (severe ): harsh, hostile, severe, strict, tough, unfriendly * (unquestionable ): incontrovertible, indubitable, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable * (of drink ): strong * See also


    * (resistant to pressure ): soft * (requiring a lot of effort to do or understand ): easy, simple, straightforward, trite * (requiring a lot of effort to endure ): bearable, easy * (severe ): agreeable, amiable, approachable, friendly, nice, pleasant * (unquestionable ): controvertible, doubtful, ambiguous, equivocal, questionable * (of drink ): ** (low in alcohol ): low-alcohol ** (non-alcoholic ): alcohol-free, soft, non-alcoholic * (of roads) soft * ("sexually aroused"): soft, flaccid

    Derived terms

    * between a rock and a hard place * die-hard * hard as nails * hard-ass * hardboard * hard-boiled * hard by * hard candy * hard case * hard cheese * hard-coded * hard copy * hardcore * hard disk/hard disc * hard done by * hard drink * hard-edged * harden * hard feelings * hard grass * hard hat * hard head * hard-hearted * hard-hitting * hard knocks * hard labor * hard light * hard-liner * hard lines * hard luck * hardness * hard news * hard-on * hard-pressed * hard radiation * hard sauce * hard science fiction * hard-shell * hard times * hard to come by * hard to please * hard up * hardware * hard water * hard-wire * hardwood * hard work * have it hard * play hard to get * (hard)


  • (manner) With much force or effort.
  • He hit the puck hard up the ice.
    They worked hard all week.
    At the intersection, bear hard left.
    The recession hit them especially hard .
    Think hard about your choices.
  • * Dryden
  • prayed so hard for mercy from the prince
  • * Shakespeare
  • My father / Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself.
  • *
  • (manner) With difficulty.
  • His degree was hard earned.
    The vehicle moves hard .
  • (obsolete) So as to raise difficulties.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • The question is hard set.
  • (manner) Compactly.
  • The lake had finally frozen hard .
  • Near, close.
  • * Bible, Acts xviii. 7
  • whose house joined hard to the synagogue
  • * 1999 , (George RR Martin), A Clash of Kings , Bantam 2011, p. 418:
  • It was another long day's march before they glimpsed the towers of Harrenhal in the distance, hard beside the blue waters of the lake.


    (en noun)
  • (nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water
  • hazard


    (wikipedia hazard)


    (en noun)
  • (historical) A type of game played with dice.
  • Chance.
  • * , Richard III , act 5, scene 4:
  • I will stand the hazard of the die.
  • * 2006 May 20, John Patterson, The Guardian :
  • I see animated movies are now managing, by hazard or design, to reflect our contemporary reality more accurately than live-action movies.
  • The chance of suffering harm; danger, peril, risk of loss.
  • He encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life.
  • * (rfdate) Rogers:
  • Men are led on from one stage of life to another in a condition of the utmost hazard .
  • * 1599 , Wm. Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar :
  • Why, now, blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark! The storm is up and all is on the hazard .
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=1 citation , passage=If successful, Edison and Ford—in 1914—would move society away from the ever more expensive and then universally known killing hazards of gasoline cars: 
  • * 2009 December 27, Barbara Ellen, The Guardian :
  • Quite apart from the gruesome road hazards , snow is awful even when you don't have to travel.
  • An obstacle or other feature which causes risk or danger; originally in sports, and now applied more generally.
  • The video game involves guiding a character on a skateboard past all kinds of hazards .
  • (golf) sand or water obstacle on a golf course
  • (billiards) The act of potting a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard'') or the player's ball (''losing hazard ).
  • Anything that is hazarded or risked, such as a stake in gambling.
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare:
  • your latter hazard
    Derived terms
    * biohazard * chemical hazard * haphazard * hazardous * moral hazard * multihazard * occupational hazard


    (en verb)
  • To expose to chance; to take a risk.
  • * (rfdate) John Clarke
  • Men hazard nothing by a course of evangelical obedience.
  • * (rfdate) Fuller
  • He hazards his neck to the halter.
  • To risk (something); to venture, to incur, or bring on.
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare
  • I hazarded the loss of whom I loved.
  • * (rfdate) Landor
  • They hazard to cut their feet.
  • I'll hazard a guess.