Definition of Claw hammer

1. Noun. A hammer with a cleft at one end for pulling nails.

Exact synonyms: Carpenter's Hammer, Clawhammer
Generic synonyms: Hammer

Definition of Claw hammer

1. Noun. Any size hammer with 2 prongs protruding back from the head to allow for removing nails from wood. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Claw Hammer

clavulanic acid
clavulanic acids
clavus hystericus
claw back
claw hammer (current term)
claw hammers
claw hatchet
claw off
claw ring
clawed frog
clawed frogs

Literary usage of Claw hammer

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1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"An ' Impressionist is not impressive In a CLAW-HAMMER on a public platform. ... After the CLAW-HAMMER crowd had been exhausted, he sent up an invitation to ..."

2. The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Parsons Lathrop, Julian Hawthorne (1891)
"... and likewise the dangerous state of his shipmate whom I | saw on the pallet beside him. f Sea-captains call a dress-coat a " claw-hammer." November 22<? ..."

3. Elements of Physics; Or, Natural Philosophy, General and Medical: Comoprised by Neil Arnott (1856)
"The common claw-hammer, for drawing nails, is another example. A boy who cannot exert a direct force of fifty pounds, may yet, by means of this kind of ..."

4. Applied Science for Wood-workers by William Henry Dooley (1919)
"The claw hammer (Fig. 122) used principally for driving nails, is probably the most commonly used tool. It is based upon the principle of the lever. ..."

5. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress) (1913)
""Frock-coats or claw-hammer?" he asked. Despite his natural anxiety, ... But he was not quite sure of "claw-hammer." " Frock-coats for morning dress and ..."

6. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"Claw-hammer. An evening dress coat; a " swallow-tail. ... 1879 The tails of his claw-hammer coat drag on the ground.— claw-hammer coat. ..."

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