hardpan definition

  • noun:
    • A layer of hard subsoil or clay. Also referred to as caliche.
    • Hard, unbroken surface.
    • A foundation; bedrock.
    • a definite layer of earth which mainly impervious to water.
    • A dry pond.
    • The tough substratum. Identical to Hard pan, under difficult, a.
    • The greater or less securely consolidated detrital product which occasionally underlies a superficial covering of soil.
    • Hence difficult, unbroken ground.
    • the best amount; lowest foundation; a company ground for effort or ascending development: because, rates reach hard-pan.
    • crust or layer of difficult subsoil encrusted with calcium-carbonate happening in arid or semiarid areas
  • adjective:
    • the difficult stratum of earth lying beneath the soil; thus, figuratively, the company, considerable, fundamental component or top-notch everything; as, the hard pan of personality, of a matter in dispute, etc. See Pan.

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