hammer

noun
ham·​mer | \ ˈha-mər How to pronounce hammer (audio) \

Definition of hammer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a hand tool consisting of a solid head set crosswise on a handle and used for pounding
b : a power tool that often substitutes a metal block or a drill for the hammerhead
2 : something that resembles a hammer in form or action: such as
a : a lever with a striking head for ringing a bell or striking a gong
b(1) : an arm that strikes the cap in a percussion lock to ignite the propelling charge
(2) : a part of the action of a modern gun that strikes the primer of the cartridge in firing or that strikes the firing pin to ignite the cartridge
c : malleus
d : gavel
e(1) : a padded mallet in a piano action for striking a string
(2) : a hand mallet for playing on various percussion instruments (such as a xylophone)
3 : a metal sphere thrown for distance in the hammer throw
under the hammer
: for sale at auction

hammer

verb
hammered; hammering\ ˈha-​mər-​iŋ How to pronounce hammering (audio) , ˈham-​riŋ \

Definition of hammer (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to strike blows especially repeatedly with or as if with a hammer : pound
2 : to make repeated efforts especially : to reiterate an opinion or attitude the lectures all hammered away at the same points

transitive verb

1a : to beat, drive, or shape with repeated blows of a hammer
b : to fasten or build with a hammer
2 : to strike or drive with a force suggesting a hammer blow or repeated blows hammered the ball over the fence tried to hammer me into submission
3 : to criticize severely

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Other Words from hammer

Verb

hammerer \ ˈha-​mər-​ər How to pronounce hammerer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for hammer

Synonyms: Verb

beat, draw, forge, pound

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Examples of hammer in a Sentence

Verb

He hammered the dent out of the fender. The carpenters were hammering all afternoon. The workers are hammering the studs to the frame. The batter hammered the ball over the fence. Someone tried to hammer him over the head with a club. Many towns were hammered by the hurricane. The typist's fingers were hammering the keys. He was hammering at the door. The rain hammered down on the roof. The home team was hammered 9–0.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One victim saw another crew member on the deck with blood coming out of his mouth, and Vazquez then struck a third colleague with the hammer before he was chased up the mast in an attempt to avoid capture, authorities said. Fox News, "Fishing crew member charged with murder in attack at sea," 25 Sep. 2018 Using cranes armed with pneumatic hammers and giant steel crab claws, construction crews demolished a northbound onramp on First Avenue South. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 In his car was a crow bar, a sledge hammer and a gun. CBS News, "Was revenge the motive behind Omaha stabbing deaths?," 2 June 2018 My head felt like someone was taking a hammer to it. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Have a Migraine," 1 Feb. 2019 Tack-nail each part using a pneumatic pin nailer or a hammer in a few brads. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Bring along a hammer to bang the rocks — don’t worry, it’s allowed, and even encouraged — which for some mysterious reason ring out in various melodic notes when they are struck. Michael Milne, Philly.com, "Field-Tested Travel Tip: Go Take a Hike," 29 June 2018 No longer at the service of a hammer tainted by his father’s sin and hypocrisy, Thor uses science and magic to define worthiness. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Boundless Potential of Thor," 6 May 2018 Upon finding a pot and a hammer on the side of a mountain,Just Cause 4 transfers seamlessly into a recreation of Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy, one of 2017’s best indie games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty starts selling sans-Zombies, DayZ preps Early Access exit," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Indiana, the home of Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Joe Donnelly is relentlessly hammering his bipartisan credentials. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats are running to the middle to win the midterms," 5 Nov. 2018 Blackouts are nothing new, but major storms over the past two years have hammered home the importance of electrical power. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Buy a Standby Generator?," 11 Sep. 2018 Thursday’s result: Reign On ($4.80) got hammered to 7-5 and wired the field for a comfortable win in the third race. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Seattle Slew is No. 3 in Triple Crown countdown; Jon White’s final Belmont rankings," 8 June 2018 Models tend to smooth out thunderstorm rainfall and cannot always pinpoint which areas will get hammered and which passed over. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "After 10 inches of rain in D.C., the Potomac is about to hit highest level in 8 years," 4 June 2018 Elon and his companies can generate good (or at least more interesting) press when the other is being hammered by ill will. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 Its warm yellow glow, a beacon of hope and salvation, inviting the hungry, the lost, the seriously hammered all across the South to come inside, a place of safety and nourishment. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Anthony Bourdain's First Meal at Waffle House: "It Is Indeed Marvelous"," 13 June 2018 Also, because sun-like stars are hotter than red dwarfs, their habitable zones are farther away — meaning potentially life-supporting worlds don't get hammered as hard by stellar eruptions. Mike Wall, Space.com, "'Superflares' May Make It Hard for Life to Thrive on Earth's Nearest Exoplanet," 12 Apr. 2018 Trump and other Republicans have been hammering McCabe — who was selected by the White House as acting director after the Comey firing — for months on Twitter. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Mueller Is Asking Questions. He Knows the Answers.," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hammer

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hammer

Noun

Middle English hamer, from Old English hamor; akin to Old High German hamar hammer, and perhaps to Old Church Slavonic kamen-, kamy stone, Greek akmē point, edge — more at edge

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hammer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hammer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tool that has a heavy metal head attached to a handle and that is used for hitting nails or breaking things apart
: a similar tool made usually of wood and used especially for hitting a surface to make a loud noise
: the part of a gun that strikes a charge causing the gun to shoot

hammer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hammer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to force (something) into a particular place or shape by hitting it with a hammer
: to attach (something) with a hammer and nails
: to hit (something or someone) in a very forceful way

hammer

noun
ham·​mer | \ ˈha-mər How to pronounce hammer (audio) \

Kids Definition of hammer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tool consisting of a head fastened to a handle and used for pounding something (as a nail)
2 : something like a hammer in shape or action an auctioneer's hammer
3 : a heavy metal ball with a flexible handle thrown for distance in a track-and-field contest ( hammer throw )

hammer

verb
hammered; hammering

Kids Definition of hammer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to strike with a hammer
2 : to fasten or build (as by nailing) with a hammer Hammer the lid shut.
3 : to hit something hard and repeatedly She hammered on the door.
4 : to beat hard His heart hammered.
hammer out
: to produce or bring about by persistent effort “They hammered out those rules after the failure ten years ago.”— Lois Lowry, The Giver

hammer

noun
ham·​mer | \ ˈham-ər How to pronounce hammer (audio) \

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