peen

verb
\ ˈpēn How to pronounce peen (audio) \
peened; peening; peens

Definition of peen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to draw, bend, or flatten by or as if by hammering with a peen

peen

noun

Definition of peen (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually hemispherical or wedge-shaped end of the head of a hammer that is opposite the face and is used especially for bending, shaping, or cutting the material struck

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This is not a show content to use a ball peen hammer for precision chiseling when a sledgehammer is available to reduce points to a fine powder. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: 'Billions' Caps a Much-Improved Season 2," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of peen

Verb

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peen

Noun

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian penn peen

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