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English Dictionary: hammer by the DICT Development Group
8 results for hammer
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
    Synonym(s): hammer, cock
  2. a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
  3. the ossicle attached to the eardrum
    Synonym(s): malleus, hammer
  4. a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
    Synonym(s): mallet, hammer
  5. a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw
  6. a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate
  7. a power tool for drilling rocks
    Synonym(s): hammer, power hammer
  8. the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows); "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway"
    Synonym(s): hammer, pound, hammering, pounding
  1. beat with or as if with a hammer; "hammer the metal flat"
  2. create by hammering; "hammer the silver into a bowl"; "forge a pair of tongues"
    Synonym(s): forge, hammer
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hammer \Ham"mer\, n. (Athletics)
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hammer \Ham"mer\, n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D.
      hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer,
      crag, and perh. to Gr. [?] anvil, Skr. a[?]man stone.]
      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:
            (a) That part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to
                  indicate the hour.
            (b) The padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires,
                  to produce the tones.
            (c) (Anat.) The malleus. See under {Ear}. (Gun.) 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.
            (e) 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 [bd]massive iron hammers[b8] of the
                           whole earth.                                 --J. H.
      {Atmospheric hammer}, a dead-stroke hammer in which the
            spring is formed by confined air.
      {Drop hammer}, {Face hammer}, etc. See under {Drop}, {Face},
      {Hammer fish}. See {Hammerhead}.
      {Hammer hardening}, the process of hardening metal by
            hammering it when cold.
      {Hammer shell} (Zo[94]l.), 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hammer \Ham"mer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hammered}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Hammering}.]
      1. To beat with a hammer; to beat with heavy blows; as, to
            hammer iron.
      2. To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.
            [bd]Hammered money.[b8] --Dryden.
      3. To form in the mind; to shape by hard intellectual labor;
            -- usually with out.
                     Who was hammering out a penny dialogue. --Jeffry.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hammer \Ham"mer\, v. i.
      1. To be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping
            something with a hammer.
                     Whereon this month I have hammering.   --Shak.
      2. To strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively.
                     Blood and revenge are hammering in my head. --Shak.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   hammer vt.   Commonwealth hackish syn. for {bang on}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      Commonwealth hackish synonym for {bang on}.
      [{Jargon File}]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (1.) Heb. pattish, used by gold-beaters (Isa. 41:7) and by
      quarry-men (Jer. 23:29). Metaphorically of Babylon (Jer. 50:23)
      or Nebuchadnezzar.
         (2.) Heb. makabah, a stone-cutter's mallet (1 Kings 6:7), or
      of any workman (Judg. 4:21; Isa. 44:12).
         (3.) Heb. halmuth, a poetical word for a workman's hammer,
      found only in Judg. 5:26, where it denotes the mallet with which
      the pins of the tent of the nomad are driven into the ground.
         (4.) Heb. mappets, rendered "battle-axe" in Jer. 51:20. This
      was properly a "mace," which is thus described by Rawlinson:
      "The Assyrian mace was a short, thin weapon, and must either
      have been made of a very tough wood or (and this is more
      probable) of metal. It had an ornamented head, which was
      sometimes very beautifully modelled, and generally a strap or
      string at the lower end by which it could be grasped with
      greater firmness."
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