What does hammer mean?

Definitions for hammer
ˈhæm ərham·mer

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hammer.

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.


  1. Hammer

    A hammer is a tool, most often a hand tool, consisting of a weighted "head" fixed to a long handle that is swung to deliver an impact to a small area of an object. This can be, for example, to drive nails into wood, to shape metal (as with a forge), or to crush rock. Hammers are used for a wide range of driving, shaping, breaking and non-destructive striking applications. Traditional disciplines include carpentry, blacksmithing, warfare, and percussive musicianship (as with a gong). Hammering is use of a hammer in its strike capacity, as opposed to prying with a secondary claw or grappling with a secondary hook. Carpentry and blacksmithing hammers are generally wielded from a stationary stance against a stationary target as gripped and propelled with one arm, in a lengthy downward planar arc—downward to add kinetic energy to the impact—pivoting mainly around the shoulder and elbow, with a small but brisk wrist rotation shortly before impact; for extreme impact, concurrent motions of the torso and knee can lower the shoulder joint during the swing to further increase the length of the swing arc (but this is tiring). War hammers are often wielded in non-vertical planes of motion, with a far greater share of energy input provided from the legs and hips, which can also include a lunging motion, especially against moving targets. Small mallets can be swung from the wrists in a smaller motion permitting a much higher cadence of repeated strikes. Use of hammers and heavy mallets for demolition must adapt the hammer stroke to the location and orientation of the target, which can necessitate a clubbing or golfing motion with a two-handed grip. The modern hammer head is typically made of steel which has been heat treated for hardness, and the handle (also known as a haft or helve) is typically made of wood or plastic. Ubiquitous in framing, the claw hammer has a "claw" to pull nails out of wood, and is commonly found in an inventory of household tools in North America. Other types of hammers vary in shape, size, and structure, depending on their purposes. Hammers used in many trades include sledgehammers, mallets, and ball-peen hammers. Although most hammers are hand tools, powered hammers, such as steam hammers and trip hammers, are used to deliver forces beyond the capacity of the human arm. There are over 40 different types of hammers that have many different types of uses.For hand hammers, the grip of the shaft is an important consideration. Many forms of hammering by hand are heavy work, and perspiration can lead to slippage from the hand, turning a hammer into a dangerous or destructive uncontrolled projectile. Steel is highly elastic and transmits shock and vibration; steel is also a good conductor of heat, making it unsuitable for contact with bare skin in frigid conditions. Modern hammers with steel shafts are almost invariably clad with a synthetic polymer to improve grip, dampen vibration, and to provide thermal insulation. A suitably contoured handle is also an important aid in providing a secure grip during heavy use. Traditional wooden handles were reasonably good in all regards, but lack strength and durability compared to steel, and there are safety issues with wooden handles if the head becomes loose on the shaft. The high elasticity of the steel head is important in energy transfer, especially when used in conjunction with an equally elastic anvil. In terms of human physiology, many uses of the hammer involve coordinated ballistic movements under intense muscular forces which must be planned in advance at the neuromuscular level, as they occur too rapidly for conscious adjustment in flight. For this reason, accurate striking at speed requires more practice than a tapping movement to the same target area. It has been suggested that the cognitive demands for pre-planning, sequencing and accurate timing associated with the related ballistic movements of throwing, clubbing, and hammering precipitated aspects of brain evolution in early hominids.


  1. hammer

    A hammer is a hand-held tool primarily used for delivering forceful impact to an object, typically featuring a heavy metal head attached to a handle. It's often used in various construction activities, woodworking, or metalworking to drive nails, break objects, or shape materials. Hammers come in various shapes and sizes, designed for specific tasks.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hammer is ranked #1661 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hammer surname appeared 21,709 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Hammer.

    92.8% or 20,150 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 536 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 386 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 315 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.9% or 206 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 115 total occurrences were Asian.

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. Robert L. Kruse, Data Structures and Program Design:

    An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools. Computer programming likewise requires sophisticated tools to cope with the complexity of real applications, and only practice with these tools will build skill in their use.

  2. Sun System & Network Admin manual:

    ... it is important to realize that any lock can be picked with a big enough hammer.

  3. Ron Lipe:

    He goes out and picks up a hammer where other ex-presidents just go and give speeches. that's just Jimmy Carter. That's just his dedication to people.

  4. Dawn Blagrove:

    None of this should have resulted in a man losing his life, police believe and they approach every situation with a hammer, with force, with violence. That is just not necessary. And that is especially true when it comes to interacting with Black, Brown and marginalized communities.

  5. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    With a small hammer you can achieve great things.

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