jack·​ham·​mer | \ ˈjak-ˌha-mər How to pronounce jackhammer (audio) \

Definition of jackhammer

1 : a pneumatically operated percussive rock-drilling tool usually held in the hands
2 : a device in which a tool (such as a chisel for breaking up pavements) is driven percussively by compressed air

Other Words from jackhammer

jackhammer verb

Examples of jackhammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seven trackhoes were employed during the demolition, including four kitted out with jackhammer bits taking out the deck and girders, and three underneath to help with cleanup. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 The man is swatting a fly with a jackhammer, a sure sign of fear and panic. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Mar. 2022 On a nearby street, sirens wail, a jackhammer ricochets, horns blare and birds chatter. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 And here’s one with a sort of upside-down jackhammer for manipulating an overhead beam. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 Dec. 2021 Follow the unmistakable jackhammer drumming and you will be rewarded. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Disruptive noises like the sound of an ambulance wail or a jackhammer against pavement are an aspect of urban life the world over. Camille Squires, Quartz, 5 Oct. 2021 And a Courier Journal photographer saw investigators Tuesday using a jackhammer on the driveway of a home. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 27 Aug. 2021 With each cycling of the levers, the block climbed about a foot and a half, amid jackhammer-like groaning from the ropes. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of jackhammer

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jackhammer was in 1912

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12 Apr 2022

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“Jackhammer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackhammer. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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