- Present participle of harden.
hardening (plural hardenings)
- The process by which something hardens.
- That which hardens, such as a material used for converting the surface of iron into steel.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.