verb[with object] (often as adjective case-hardened)
- 1Harden the surface of (a material): case-hardened sandstonesMore example sentences
- When the stone was properly seasoned, the exposed surfaces were case-hardened, creating a finish more resistant to weathering.
- 1.1Give a hard surface to (iron or steel) by carburizing it: a case-hardened steel anvilMore example sentences
- The bolts are similarly machined from case-hardened steel alloy.
- Fusion-welded overlays have strong bonds, but the primary surface-hardened steels used in wear applications with fatigue loads include heavy case-hardened steels and flame or induction-hardened steels.
- It is made of 14-gauge steel and features a pry-resistant door that locks with four half-inch diameter, case-hardened steel bolts.
- 1.2Make (someone) callous or tough: a case-hardened politicianMore example sentences
- But those same flames also case-hardened developing nations.
- But, regardless of how well the interviewers are trained, case-hardened criminals are unlikely to take these bogus coppers seriously, and might find it easy to ‘pull the wool over their eyes’.
- Sometimes, even when you are a case-hardened professional, you see history differently.
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