Variant 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: Middle 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 Glassical 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
- hammerer noun
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