hammer

A hammer is a tool you can use to drive nails into wood or other materials. You'll find a hammer in just about any toolbox, since it's useful for hanging pictures, making repairs, or breaking things apart.

When you hit a nail again and again with a hammer, you hammer it. Other kinds of hammers include the part of a gun that swings forcefully when the trigger is pulled; the padded striker in a piano that hits a string when a note is played; and a Marvel Comics supervillain whose partner in crime is named Anvil. There's also the hammerhead shark, named for the odd, hammer-like shape of its head.

Primary Meanings of hammer

1.
nv
a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
beat with or as if with a hammer
2.
n
a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate
Full Definitions of hammer
1

n a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking

Types:
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ball-peen hammer
a hammer with one round and one flat end; used in working metal
bricklayer's hammer
a hammer used in laying bricks
carpenter's hammer, claw hammer, clawhammer
a hammer with a cleft at one end for pulling nails
beetle, mallet
a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing
maul, sledge, sledgehammer
a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
percussor, plessor, plexor
(medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes
tack hammer
a light hammer that is used to drive tacks
carpenter's mallet
a short-handled mallet with a wooden head used to strike a chisel or wedge
gavel
a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
Type of:
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands

n a power tool for drilling rocks

Synonyms:
power hammer
Types:
air hammer, jackhammer, pneumatic hammer
a hammer driven by compressed air
electric hammer
a hammer driven by electric motor
triphammer
a massive power hammer; raised by a cam until released to fall under gravity
Type of:
power tool
a tool driven by a motor

n the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)

“the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard”
Synonyms:
hammering, pound, pounding
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

v beat with or as if with a hammer

hammer the metal flat”
Synonyms:
forge
create by hammering
Types:
sledge, sledgehammer
beat with a sledgehammer
Type of:
beat
hit repeatedly

v create by hammering

hammer the silver into a bowl”
Synonyms:
forge
Types:
foliate
hammer into thin flat foils
dropforge
forge with a dropforge
Type of:
beat
shape by beating
2

n a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate

Type of:
striker
the part of a mechanical device that strikes something

n a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.

Synonyms:
mallet
Type of:
drumstick
a stick used for playing a drum

n the ossicle attached to the eardrum

Synonyms:
malleus
Type of:
auditory ossicle
ossicles of the middle ear that transmit acoustic vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear

n a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw

Type of:
sports equipment
equipment needed to participate in a particular sport

n the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled

Synonyms:
cock
Type of:
striker
the part of a mechanical device that strikes something

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