What does Hammer mean?

Definitions for Hammer
ˈhæm ərHam·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hammer, cock(noun)

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

  2. hammer(noun)

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

  3. malleus, hammer(noun)

    the ossicle attached to the eardrum

  4. mallet, hammer(noun)

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

  5. hammer(noun)

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

  6. hammer(noun)

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

  7. hammer, power hammer(noun)

    a power tool for drilling rocks

  8. hammer, pound, hammering, pounding(verb)

    the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)

    "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway"

  9. hammer(verb)

    beat with or as if with a hammer

    "hammer the metal flat"

  10. forge, hammer(verb)

    create by hammering

    "hammer the silver into a bowl"; "forge a pair of tongues"


  1. hammer(Noun)

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

  2. hammer(Noun)

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

  3. hammer(Noun)

    The malleus.

  4. hammer(Noun)

    In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.

  5. hammer(Noun)

    A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.

  6. hammer(Noun)

    The last rock in an end.

  7. hammer(Noun)

    A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.

  8. hammer(Verb)

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

  9. hammer(Verb)

    To emphasize a point repeatedly.

  10. hammer(Verb)

    To hit particularly hard.

  11. hammer(Verb)

    To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.

    I could hear the engine's valves hammering once the timing rod was thrown.

  12. hammer(Verb)

    To defeat (a person, a team) resoundingly

    We hammered them 5-0!

  13. Hammer(Noun)

    someone connected with West Ham Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  14. Origin: hamer, hamor, from hamaraz (compare hamer, Hammer, hammare).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hammer(noun)

    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. Hammer(noun)

    something which in firm or action resembles the common hammer

  3. Hammer(noun)

    that part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour

  4. Hammer(noun)

    the padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires, to produce the tones

  5. Hammer(noun)

    the malleus

  6. Hammer(noun)

    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

  7. Hammer(noun)

    also, a person of thing that smites or shatters; as, St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies

  8. Hammer(verb)

    to beat with a hammer; to beat with heavy blows; as, to hammer iron

  9. Hammer(verb)

    to form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating

  10. Hammer(verb)

    to form in the mind; to shape by hard intellectual labor; -- usually with out

  11. Hammer(verb)

    to be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping something with a hammer

  12. Hammer(verb)

    to strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively

  13. Origin: [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. 'a`kmwn anvil, Skr. aman stone.]


  1. Hammer

    A hammer is a tool meant to deliver an impact to an object. The most common uses for hammers are to drive nails, fit parts, forge metal and break apart objects. Hammers are often designed for a specific purpose, and vary in their shape and structure. The term hammer is also used for some devices that are designed to deliver blows, e.g., the caplock mechanism of firearms. The hammer is a basic tool of many professions. The usual features are a handle and a head, with most of the weight in the head. The basic design is hand-operated, but there are also many mechanically operated models, such as steam hammers, for heavier uses.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hammer

    German Orientalist and historian, born at Grätz; author of a "History of the Ottoman Empire" (1774-1856).

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. hammer

    Commonwealth hackish syn. for bang on.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A small, busy implement carried by blacksmiths, geologists and Knockers for breaking iron, rock or friendship.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hammer

    The shipwright's hammer is a well-known tool for driving nails and clenching bolts, differing from hammers in general.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hammer

    An instrument with an iron head, for driving nails, etc. The term is also applicable to that part of a gun-lock which strikes the percussion-cap or firing-pin.

Editors Contribution

  1. hammer

    A type of device, piece of equipment or tool created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles and used for a variety of purposes.

    A hammer is used for different things eg. put a nail into something, take a nail out of something shape a piece of iron or metal etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 20, 2015  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Hammer' in Nouns Frequency: #2761

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How to say Hammer in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hammer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hammer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Hammer in a Sentence

  1. Assyrian Proverb:

    The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.

  2. Vikrant Parsai:

    The anvil never takes advice from the hammer.

  3. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    With a small hammer you can achieve great things.

  4. Publilius Syrus:

    You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.

  5. Alexander MacLaren:

    If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.

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