What does Hammer mean?

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ˈhæm ərHam·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hammer, cocknoun

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

  2. hammernoun

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

  3. malleus, hammernoun

    the ossicle attached to the eardrum

  4. mallet, hammernoun

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

  5. hammernoun

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

  6. hammernoun

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

  7. hammer, power hammernoun

    a power tool for drilling rocks

  8. hammer, pound, hammering, poundingverb

    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. hammerverb

    beat with or as if with a hammer

    "hammer the metal flat"

  10. forge, hammerverb

    create by hammering

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


  1. hammernoun

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

  2. hammernoun

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

  3. hammernoun

    The malleus.

  4. hammernoun

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

  5. hammernoun

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

  6. hammernoun

    The last rock in an end.

  7. hammernoun

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

  8. hammerverb

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

  9. hammerverb

    To emphasize a point repeatedly.

  10. hammerverb

    To hit particularly hard.

  11. hammerverb

    To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.

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

  12. hammerverb

    To defeat (a person, a team) resoundingly

    We hammered them 5-0!

  13. Hammernoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HAMMERnoun

    Etymology: hamer, Saxon; hammer, Danish.

    The armourers,
    With busy hammers closing rivets up,
    Give dreadful note of preparation. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The stuff will not work well with a hammer. Francis Bacon.

    It is broken not without many blows, and will break the best anvils and hammers of iron. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Every morning he rises fresh to his hammer and his anvil. Robert South, Sermons.

    The smith prepares his hammer for the stroke. John Dryden, Juv.

    That renowned pillar of truth and hammer of heresies, St. Augustine. George Hakewill, on Providence.

  2. To Hammerverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His bones the hammer’d steel in strength surpass. George Sandys.

    Some hammer helmets for the fighting field. John Dryden, Æn.

    Drudg’d like a smith, and on the anvil beat,
    ’Till he had hammer’d out a vast estate. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    I must pay with hammered money instead of milled. Dryden.

    Wilt thou still be hammering treachery,
    To humble down thy husband and thyself? William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    He was nobody that could not hammer out of his name an invention by this witcraft, and picture it accordingly. William Camden.

    Some spirits, by whom they were stirred and guided in the name of the people, hammered up the articles. John Hayward.

  3. To Hammerverb

    Nor need’st thou much importune me to that,
    Whereon this month I have been hammering. William Shakespeare.

    I have been studying how to compare
    This prison where I live unto the world;
    And, for because the world is populous,
    And here is not a creature but myself,
    I cannot do it; yet I’ll hammer on’t. William Shakespeare.

    Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand;
    Blood and revenge are hammering in my head. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hammernoun

    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. Hammernoun

    something which in firm or action resembles the common hammer

  3. Hammernoun

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

  4. Hammernoun

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

  5. Hammernoun

    the malleus

  6. Hammernoun

    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. Hammernoun

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

  8. Hammerverb

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

  9. Hammerverb

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

  10. Hammerverb

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

  11. Hammerverb

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

  12. Hammerverb

    to strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively

  13. Etymology: [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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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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. George R.R. Martin:

    You can't hammer tin into iron, no matter how hard you beat it, but that doesn't mean it's useless.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If a man has a weak arm, give him a heavy hammer to exceed himself!

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Positive thinking often helps while coping with stress in life. However there can be occasions when it may not work for you, and you may get overwhelmed with negative thoughts. At that crossroad, you should make a turn, even a U-turn if necessary, and confront your negative thoughts fearlessly. You should now combat those negative thoughts one by one, mercilessly - by using scientific and analytical reasonings, and demanding substantiating evidence from negative thoughts. Once you start defeating those negative thoughts as irrational or unfounded or baseless, you'll find yourself getting close to the realm of positivity. Combating negativity ruthlessly - that's a new tool in your tool box along with your favorite hammer of positive thinking! Cheers!

  4. Ben Carson on Thursday:

    One of the ones where I threw a rock and broke someone's glasses, that occurred when I was maybe about 7 or 8. The stabbing, attempted stabbing incident occurred when I was 13 or 14, the -- what's another incident? trying to hit my mother in the head with a hammer, that was around the same time as the stabbing incident.

  5. Edwin Markham:

    For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvil, bear -- when you are the hammer, strike.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
    • B. abrade
    • C. flub
    • D. caddie

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