Definition of Hammer

1. Noun. The part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled.

Exact synonyms: Cock
Group relationships: Firing Mechanism, Gunlock
Generic synonyms: Striker
Derivative terms: Cock

2. Verb. Beat with or as if with a hammer. "Hammer the metal flat"
Generic synonyms: Beat
Specialized synonyms: Sledge, Sledgehammer
Related verbs: Forge
Derivative terms: Hammering

3. Noun. A hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking.

4. Verb. Create by hammering. "Forge a pair of tongues"
Exact synonyms: Forge
Generic synonyms: Beat
Specialized synonyms: Foliate, Dropforge
Derivative terms: Forge, Forger, Forging

5. Noun. The ossicle attached to the eardrum.
Exact synonyms: Malleus
Generic synonyms: Auditory Ossicle
Group relationships: Middle Ear, Tympanic Cavity, Tympanum

6. Noun. A light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc..
Exact synonyms: Mallet
Generic synonyms: Drumstick
Group relationships: Percussion Instrument, Percussive Instrument

7. Noun. A heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw.
Generic synonyms: Sports Equipment

8. Noun. A striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate.
Group relationships: Piano Action
Generic synonyms: Striker

9. Noun. A power tool for drilling rocks.
Exact synonyms: Power Hammer
Specialized synonyms: Air Hammer, Jackhammer, Pneumatic Hammer, Electric Hammer, Triphammer
Generic synonyms: Power Tool

10. Noun. The act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows). "The pounding of feet on the hallway"
Exact synonyms: Hammering, Pound, Pounding
Generic synonyms: Blow
Derivative terms: Pound, Pound, Pound, Pound

Definition of Hammer

1. n. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like, consisting of a head, usually of steel or iron, fixed crosswise to a handle.

2. v. t. To beat with a hammer; to beat with heavy blows; as, to hammer iron.

3. v. i. To be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping something with a hammer.

4. n. A spherical weight attached to a flexible handle and hurled from a mark or ring. The weight of head and handle is usually not less than 16 pounds.

Definition of Hammer

1. Noun. (soccer) someone connected with w:West Ham FC West Ham Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc. ¹

2. Noun. A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding. ¹

3. Noun. A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) The malleus. ¹

5. Noun. (music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string. ¹

6. Noun. (sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing. ¹

7. Noun. (curling) The last rock in an end. ¹

8. Noun. (context: Ultimate Frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head. ¹

9. Verb. To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc. ¹

10. Verb. (figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly. ¹

11. Verb. (sports) To hit particularly hard. ¹

12. Verb. To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer. ¹

13. Verb. (figuratively sports) To defeat (a person, a team) resoundingly ¹

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Definition of Hammer

1. to strike repeatedly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Hammer

1. 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like, consisting of a head, usually of steel or iron, fixed crosswise to a handle. "With busy hammers closing rivets up." (Shak) 2. Something which in firm or action resembles the common hammer; as: That part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour. The padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires, to produce the tones. That part of a gunlock which strikes the percussion cap, or firing pin; the cock; formerly, however, a piece of steel covering the pan of a flintlock musket and struck by the flint of the cock to ignite the priming. Also, a person of thing that smites or shatters; as, St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies. "He met the stern legionaries [of Rome] who had been the "massive iron hammers" of the whole earth." (J. H. Newman) Atmospheric hammer, a dead-stroke hammer in which the spring is formed by confined air. Drop hammer, Face hammer, etc. See Drop, Face, etc. Hammer fish. See Hammerhead. Hammer hardening, the process of hardening metal by hammering it when cold. Hammer shell, any species of Malleus, a genus of marine bivalve shells, allied to the pearl oysters, having the wings narrow and elongated, so as to give them a hammer-shaped outline; called also hammer oyster. To bring to the hammer, to put up at auction. Origin: OE. Hamer, AS. Hamer, hamor; akin to D. Hamer, G. & Dan. Hammer, Sw. Hammare, Icel. Hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. To Gr. Anvil, Skr. Aman stone. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hammer

hamman-rich syndrome
hamman sign
hammed up
hammer (current term)
hammer and sickle
hammer and tongs
hammer dulcimer
hammer finger
hammer headline
hammer home
hammer in
hammer nose
hammer out
hammer throw

Literary usage of Hammer

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1844)
"The founder of the imperial dynasty of Rome, according to M. Von hammer, ts altogether ... f Von hammer gives a longer list of such transportations, p. 533. ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"It is named from its hammer-like shape in man, having a head, neck, and handle or ... A small beetle or wooden hammer used by carpenters, stonecutters, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"Q. -Do you know what kind of a hammer ought to have been provided at that machine? A. There ought to have been some soft metal hammer to settle the dies. ..."

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