- The definition of a hammer is a tool usually with a wooden handle and metal head used for pounding.
An example of a hammer is the tool you would use to pound a nail into a wall.
- Hammer is defined as to strike or pound something.
An example of hammer is using a mallet to drive a tent stake into the ground.
One type of hammer.
- a tool for pounding, usually consisting of a metal head fastened across one end of a handle: one end of the head may be a pronged claw for pulling nails
- a thing like this tool in shape or use; specif.,
- the mechanism that strikes the firing pin or percussion cap in a firearm
- a device for striking a bell, gong, metal bar, etc. to make a sound
- any of the felt-covered mallets that strike against the strings of a piano
- a high-speed, hammering power tool fitted with a metal block or chisel, for shaping metal, breaking up paved surfaces, etc.
- the malleus, one of the three bones of the middle ear
- an auctioneer's gavel
- a metal ball weighing usually sixteen pounds, hung from a wire handle and thrown for distance in a track-and-field competition
Origin of hammerMiddle English hamer ; from Old English hamor, akin to German hammer, Old Norse hamarr, crag, cliff ; from Indo-European an unverified form omor-, stone hammer ; from base an unverified form ak-m- ; from a-, sharp, sharp stone from source Classical Greek akmē, point, akmōn, anvil
- to strike repeatedly with or as with a hammer
- to make or fasten with a hammer
- to drive, force, or shape with or as with hammer blows: to hammer an idea into someone's head
hammer and tongs
Origin of hammerwith reference to the work of a blacksmith
hammer (away) at
- to work continuously or energetically at
- to keep emphasizing or talking about
- to shape, construct, or produce by hammering
- to make flat by hammering
- to take out by or as by hammering
- to develop or work out by careful thought or repeated effort
under the hammer
Origin of hammercf. hammer above
- A hand tool consisting of a handle with a head of metal or other heavy rigid material that is attached at a right angle, used for striking or pounding.
- A tool or device similar in function or action to this striking tool, as:a. The part of a gunlock that hits the primer or firing pin or explodes the percussion cap and causes the gun to fire.b. Music One of the padded wooden pieces of a piano that strikes the strings.c. A part of an apparatus that strikes a gong or bell, as in a clock.
- Anatomy See malleus.
- Sports A metal ball weighing 16 pounds (7.2 kilograms) and having a long wire or wooden handle by which it is thrown for distance in track-and-field competition.
- A small mallet used by auctioneers.
verbham·mered, ham·mer·ing, ham·mers
- a. To hit, especially repeatedly, with a hammer; pound. See Synonyms at beat.b. To strike forcefully and repeatedly: hooves hammering the ground.c. To assault with military force: hammered the position with artillery shells.
- a. To beat into a shape with a hammer or similar tool: hammered the metal into a goblet.b. To accomplish or produce with difficulty or effort. Often used with out: hammer out an agreement.
- To put together, fasten, or seal, particularly with nails, by hammering.
- To force upon (someone) by constant repetition: hammered the information into the students' heads.
- a. To cause harm, loss, or difficulty to (someone), especially repeatedly: investors hammered in the bear market.b. To defeat soundly: got hammered in the playoffs.c. To attack verbally: a politician hammered in the press
- To deal repeated blows with or as if with a hammer; pummel: “Wind hammered at us violently in gusts” (Thor Heyerdahl).
- To undergo beating in the manner of a hammer: My pulse hammered.
- Informal To keep at something continuously. Often used with away: hammered away at the problem.
Origin of hammerMiddle English hamer, from Old English hamor; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
- A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding.
- A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun.
- (anatomy) The malleus.
- (music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.
- (sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.
- (curling) The last rock in an end.
- (Ultimate Frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.
- Part of a clock that strikes upon a bell to indicate the hour.
- The malleus of the ear.
- One who, or that which, smites or shatters.
- St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies.
(third-person singular simple present hammers, present participle hammering, simple past and past participle hammered)
- To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc.
- To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.
- (figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly.
- (sports) To hit particularly hard.
- To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.
- I could hear the engine’s valves hammering once the timing rod was thrown.
- (figuratively, sports) To defeat (a person, a team) resoundingly
- We hammered them 5-0!
From Middle English hamer, Old English hamor, from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz (compare West Frisian hammer, Low German Hamer, Dutch hamer, German Hammer, Danish hammer, Swedish hammare). The Germanic *hamaraz "tool with a stone head" derives from a Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱmoros (compare Sanskrit [script?] (aśmará, “stony”)), itself a derivation from *h₂éḱmō (“stone”).
For *h₂éḱmō (“stone”), compare Lithuanian akmuõ, Russian камень (kamen'), Serbo-Croatian kamēn, Albanian kmesë 'sickle', Ancient Greek ἄκμων (akmōn, “meteor rock, anvil”), Avestan [script?] (asman), Sanskrit अश्मन् (aśman)) (root *h₂eḱ- (“sharp”)).
hammer - Computer Definition
(1) (HAMR) (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) See HAMR.
(2) (Hammer) The code name for AMD's 64-bit CPU chips using 0.13 process technology. The Sledgehammer was introduced as the Opteron in 2003 for servers and workstations, and the Clawhammer began as the AMD Athlon 64. Designed for different markets, the Athlon 64 processor contained one HyperTransport link while the Opteron came with three. Using silicon-on-insulator technology (SOI), the Athlon and Opteron versions of Hammer provide backward compatibility for all 32-bit software that has been running on PCs since the mid-1990s. In 2002, Microsoft announced Windows support for these 64-bit chips. See Opteron, Athlon, SOI and Itanium.
(3) In a printer, the mechanism that pushes the typeface onto the ribbon and paper or pushes the paper into the ribbon and typeface.