Definitions of hammer

  1. the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
  2. of metals
  3. a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
  4. a power tool for drilling rocks
  5. a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate
  6. a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw
  7. the ossicle attached to the eardrum
  8. an athletic competition in which a heavy metal ball that is attached to a flexible wire is hurled as far as possible
  9. beat with or as if with a hammer; " hammer the metal flat"
  10. create by hammering; " hammer the silver into a bowl"; " forge a pair of tongues"
  11. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like, consisting of a head, usually of steel or iron, fixed crosswise to a handle.
  12. Something which in firm or action resembles the common hammer
  13. That part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour.
  14. The padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires, to produce the tones.
  15. The malleus.
  16. 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.
  17. Also, a person of thing that smites or shatters; as, St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies.
  18. To beat with a hammer; to beat with heavy blows; as, to hammer iron.
  19. To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.
  20. To be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping something with a hammer.
  21. To strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively.
  22. 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.
  23. To form in the mind; to shape by hard intellectual labor; - usually with out.
  24. An instrument with a handle and iron head, used for driving nails, beating metals, etc.; anything resembling this tool.
  25. To pound; to drive, as a nail; to work out in the mind.
  26. To work hard.
  27. A tool for beating, or driving nails: anything like a hammer, as the part of a clock that strikes the bell: the baton of an auctioneer.
  28. To drive or shape with a hammer: to contrive by intellectual labor.
  29. A tool for beating, or driving nails, & c.
  30. To beat or drive with a hammer.
  31. To strike repeated blows.
  32. To pound; drive; work out laboriously; toil.
  33. An implement for driving nails, beating, pounding, etc.
  34. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, & c.; what resembles a hammer in form or action, as the striker of a clock, the baton of an auctioneer.
  35. To beat or forge with a hammer; to conceive and produce with labour.
  36. To work; to labour in contrivance. To bring to the hammer, to put up to auction. Hammer and tongs, with noise and vigour.
  37. A striking instr.; an instr. for driving nails, & c.
  38. To beat or forge with a hammer.

Usage examples for hammer

  1. You should say a great deal, and wave your arms about and hammer on the table. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  2. Right you are, and it is just the same with the hammer, Mack. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  3. A file, drill and hammer were practically the only tools he possessed. – Christopher and the Clockmakers by Sara Ware Bassett
  4. Look at the movement of the hand, how well it draws back the hammer. – Modern Painting by George Moore
  5. Now, if you don't love her, I'll hammer you, strannger, off hand. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  6. " Well, let it go," said Don, picking up his hammer again. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  7. I was hidden from view, but had any come in search of me they must have heard my heavy breathing, or the beating of my heart, which was thumping like a trip- hammer. – The Minute Boys of Boston by James Otis
  8. Her heart thumped like a trip- hammer as she sat clutching the receiver, now fairly glued to her ear. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  9. The idea is so wonderful that, although hope causes his heart to beat like a trip- hammer, he remains silent. – Miss Caprice by St. George Rathborne
  10. She may hammer and hammer, but- ' The rest I lost, as he passed through the doorway and went back to his place by the fire. – A Gentleman of France by Stanley Weyman
  11. It ain't a man's trick to hammer you like this, Mrs. Pennycook, the gambler continued, almost sadly, but for a lady that's livin' in a glass house, you're too fond o' chuckin' stones, an' it's got to stop. – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  12. Her heart beat like a trip hammer and her face burned with shame and terror. – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  13. My heart is beating like a trip- hammer. – The Boarded-Up House by Augusta Huiell Seaman
  14. Then as the rabbit took the hammer he said: " Do not strike too hard." – Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie L. McLaughlin
  15. A gun is all right in its way, but for work in a crowd, well, give me a hammer and I'll show you a way out." – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  16. As the band is forced on a heavy hammer is held against it, to prevent its moving back and off the work as the other parts are forced on. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  17. As for himself, he said that he meant to march at the first drum- beat and carry his hammer if firelocks were lacking. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  18. She spoke with firmness, a firmness that rang like true metal struck with a hammer and giving back sincerity. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  19. He took a revolver from his pocket, drew back the hammer and walked forward cautiously. – Jack O' Judgment by Edgar Wallace
  20. In Music- Drama it is known as the Hammer Theme. – Ade's Fables by George Ade