hammer meaning

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  • Noun: hammer  hamu(r)
    1. The part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
      - cock 
    2. A hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking 
    3. The ossicle attached to the eardrum
      - malleus 
    4. A light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
      - mallet 
    5. A heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw 
    6. A striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate 
    7. A power tool for drilling rocks
      - power hammer 
    8. The act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
      "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"
      - pound, hammering, pounding
    Verb: hammer  hamu(r)
    1. Beat with or as if with a hammer
      "hammer the metal flat" 
    2. Create by hammering
      "hammer the silver into a bowl"
      - forge

    Derived forms: hammering, hammers, hammered

    See also: hammered

    Type of: auditory ossicle, beat, blow, drumstick, hand tool, power tool, sports equipment, striker

    Part of: firing mechanism, gunlock, middle ear, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, piano action, tympanic cavity, tympanum

    Encyclopedia: Hammer, Osteroy Hammer Hammer, Sir de Roburt Hammer, Osterøy

  • [American slang]
    n. the accelerator of a vehicle.
    • She pressed down the hammer, and off they went.
    • The hammer went straight to the floor.

  • [British slang]
    Verb. To take or do something to excess. E.g."I spent all yesterday hammering the booze and all last night throwing up.”

  • [Architecture]

    A hand tool having a head at right angles to the handle; used for driving nails, pounding, flattening materials, etc.

    hammer: nomenclature

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]


    be/come/go under the hammer (Commerce )

    to be sold at an auction (= a sale where items are sold to the person who offers the highest price)

    verb [+ obj]

    to reduce the amount or value of sth in a sudden or extreme way:

    Shares have been hammered by the recent news.

    The cold weather hammered ice cream sales.

    The company has been hammered by steep falls in share prices.


    hammer away at sth

    to keep working on sth or emphasizing sth:

    People will continue to hammer away at this issue.

    You hammer away at service, and hope the message gets through

    hammer sth down

    to reduce prices, costs, etc. by a large amount:

    All our goods are at hammered down prices.

    hammer sth out

    to discuss a plan or a deal until all the details are agreed:

    Final details have yet to be hammered out.

  • [Electronics]
    1. The striking member in a WHEEL PRINTER.
    2. The clapper in an electric bell or gong.

  • [Finance]
    A price pattern in candlestick charting that occurs when a security trades significantly lower than its opening, but rallies later in the day to close either above or close to its opening price. This pattern forms a hammer-shaped candlestick.

  • [Medicine]
    n : MALLEUS

  • [Computer]
    Commonwealth hackish synonym for bang on.


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  1. the hammer is missing from my tool-box.
  2. he stops his work and puts down his hammer.
  3. she smashed the hammer down onto the box.
  4. george : give me that hammer please . fred.
  5. hammer copper into pots and pans.

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