An example of a hammer is the tool you would use to pound a nail into a wall.
An example of hammer is using a mallet to drive a tent stake into the ground.
- The part of a gunlock that hits the primer or firing pin or explodes the percussion cap and causes the gun to fire.
- One of the padded wooden pieces of a piano that strikes the strings.
- A part of an apparatus that strikes a gong or bell, as in a clock.
Hammered the information into the students' heads.
My pulse hammered.
Hammered away at the problem.
To hammer an idea into someone's head.
I could hear the engine’s valves hammering once the timing rod was thrown.
- 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.
- For sale at an auction.
- With all one's might; very vigorously.
- 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.
- For sale at auction.
Origin of hammer
- Middle English hamer from Old English hamor ak- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).