Hammer definition

hămər
To put together, fasten, or seal, particularly with nails, by hammering.
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To defeat soundly.

Got hammered in the playoffs.

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To attack verbally.

A politician hammered in the press.

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A small mallet used by auctioneers.
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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.

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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.

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To force upon (someone) by constant repetition.

Hammered the information into the students' heads.

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To hit, especially repeatedly, with a hammer; pound.
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To strike forcefully and repeatedly.

Hooves hammering the ground.

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To assault with military force.

Hammered the position with artillery shells.

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To beat into a shape with a hammer or similar tool.

Hammered the metal into a goblet.

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To accomplish or produce with difficulty or effort. Often used with out .

Hammer out an agreement.

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To cause harm, loss, or difficulty to (someone), especially repeatedly.

Investors hammered in the bear market.

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To deal repeated blows with or as if with a hammer; pummel.
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To undergo beating in the manner of a hammer.

My pulse hammered.

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(informal) To keep at something continuously. Often used with away:

Hammered away at the problem.

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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.
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The malleus, one of the three bones of the middle ear.
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An auctioneer's gavel.
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A metal ball weighing usually sixteen pounds, hung from a wire handle and thrown for distance in a track-and-field competition.
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To make or fasten with a hammer.
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To drive, force, or shape with or as with hammer blows.

To hammer an idea into someone's head.

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To strike repeatedly with or as with a hammer.
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To smash, destroy, defeat overwhelmingly, etc.

A tornado hammered the region.

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A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding.
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A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun.
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(anatomy) The malleus.
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(music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.
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(sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.
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(curling) The last rock in an end.
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(Ultimate Frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.
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Part of a clock that strikes upon a bell to indicate the hour.
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The malleus of the ear.
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One who, or that which, smites or shatters.

St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies.

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To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc.
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To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.
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(figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly.
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(sports) To hit particularly hard.
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To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.

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

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(figuratively, sports) To defeat (a person, a team) resoundingly.

We hammered them 5-0!

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(soccer) Someone connected with West Ham Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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A tool or device similar in function or action to this striking tool, as:
  • The part of a gunlock that hits the primer or firing pin or explodes the percussion cap and causes the gun to fire.
  • (music) 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.
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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.
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(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.
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A thing like this tool in shape or use.
  • 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.
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To strike repeated blows with or as with a hammer.
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under the hammer
  • For sale at an auction.
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hammer and tongs
  • with all one's might; very vigorously
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hammer (away) at
  • to work continuously or energetically at
  • to keep emphasizing or talking about
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hammer out
  • 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
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under the hammer
  • for sale at auction
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hammer
Plural:
hammers

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary