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scratch hardness

noun
1.
resistance of a material, as a stone or metal, to scratching by one of several other materials, the known hardnesses of which are assembled into a standard scale, as the Mohs' scale of minerals.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Examples from the web for scratch hardness
  • Surface scratch hardness relative to empirical scale.
  • Pencil scratch hardness before and after exposure tests.

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