Definition of hard-set in English:

hard-set

adjective

  • 1Beset by difficulty or trouble; in a difficult position, in difficulty; (in later use especially) hard put to it to do something. Compare "hard" and to be hard set.

  • 2Of liquid, soil, etc.: set so as to be hard or firm.

  • 3Determined, resolute; obstinate.

  • 4Of a person's face, jaw, expression, etc.: rigidly set, especially as expressing or characteristic of determination.

  • 5Of a bird's egg: in which incubation is well advanced.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Taill of Rauf Coilȝear. From hard + set.

Pronunciation

hard-set

/ˌhɑːdˈsɛt/