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

Some demonstrators had wielded knives, hammers and gas cartridges, other reports said. New York Times, "Putin’s Uncertain Future Shadows a Crackdown on Moscow Protests," 2 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere, wielding hammers and pieces of steel pipe and uprooted street signs, the mob smashed windows of the Celio boutique, purveyor of fashionable men’s clothing. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 An investigation published last week by MLK50 and ProPublica found that Methodist uses the courts as a hammer against low-wage patients who can’t afford their hospital bills. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Millionaire CEO of Nonprofit Hospital That Sues the Poor Promises Review of Policies," 1 July 2019 After three back-and-forth ends in the final, the Swedes squandered a point in the fourth despite having the last-rock advantage known as the hammer. CBS News, "American men win Olympic curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7," 24 Feb. 2018 After three back-and-forth ends in the final, the Swedes squandered a point in the fourth despite having the last-rock advantage known as the hammer. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "American men beat Sweden to win Olympic curling gold," 24 Feb. 2018 While physicists consider the equations to be as reliable as a hammer, mathematicians eye them warily. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations," 21 Dec. 2017 There's a harrowing scene in Toy Story 3 where our intrepid heroes are savaged by kids who use Buzz Lightyear as a hammer, Slinky Dog as a slingshot, and Jessie as a paintbrush. Heather Cocks, Redbook, "Why I Let My Kids Break All the Rules," 7 July 2011 As the 22 remaining hopefuls jostle for attention and dollars in a primary that could stretch until next summer, the president repeatedly takes the stage — both the literal one and that of the public’s attention — and hammers away. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump returns to N.H. for Manchester rally," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The plaques next to the Italian parade armor feature vocabulary familiar to a jewelry writer: embossing, repoussé, chasing, hammered steel, gilt. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Louis Vuitton's New High Jewelry Collection Was Inspired by Medieval Heroines," 27 Aug. 2019 Original production was done by hand, with the founders hammering and sealing their own bottles. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Why two Fort Worth bourbon lovers grew Texas’ biggest distillery, and then sold it," 12 Aug. 2019 The Dunns are the first to pick up a paint brush or hammer to build a theater production set, according to the release, and the first to mobilize volunteers when needed. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PUSD honors 2019 Volunteers of the Year," 14 June 2019 My fibula had pierced through my skin and had to be hammered and screwed back into place. Sarah Gad, Marie Claire, "My Drug Overdose Saved My Life. Now I'm Saving Others.," 15 Mar. 2019 Since Sunday, gusts of 60 miles an hour or more have been hammering the region around the Great Lakes, knocking out power and delaying air travel. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Ice tsunami' crashes onto northern lake shores. Here's why.," 25 Feb. 2019 In the first minute of the second half, Alejandro Bedoya flicked a volley from the goal line and Przybylko hammered it home to take a 2-1 lead. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City falls 3-1 to Philadelphia Union while down two men due to red cards," 4 July 2019 There was very, very little snow between the ice caps, and our sleds really got hammered on the rock. National Geographic, "This polar explorer is skiing the Arctic to show just how much ice is really gone," 3 July 2019 Honestly, the terrorism community has been, we haven't been hammered the way some parts of our government have. CBS News, "Transcript: Russ Travers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 3 July 2019

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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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