Steam-hammer

Definitions

  • Steam hammer
    Steam hammer
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Steam-hammer a hammer consisting of a steam cylinder and piston placed vertically over an anvil, the hammer moved by the action of the steam
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Nasmyth's Steam-hammer Nasmyth's Steam-hammer

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. steám; cog. with Dut. stoom.

Usage

In literature:

His pulses were beating like so many steam-hammers; he felt as if his body were all one great throbbing heart.
"Findelkind" by Louise de la Ramee (AKA Ouida)
My heart was thumping like a steam hammer, and every moment I fully expected to find myself tossed into the air.
"The Man-eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures" by J. H. Patterson
FERROVIUS (with the calm of a steam hammer) I have not always been faithful.
"Androcles and the Lion" by George Bernard Shaw
They hammer this tube into the ground and let some steam pass through the nozzle.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
His heart was beating like a steam hammer.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
My temples too were throbbing like a couple of steam hammers.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
Nasmyth invented his steam hammer.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Perhaps the most striking feature at Le Creusot is the forge, where is assembled an array of steam hammers not equaled in the world, viz.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
NASMYTH'S steam hammer, 312, 316.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
Philip's heart began to beat like the hammers of a steam-engine.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
His array of arguments seemed to him a row of steam-hammers.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
There is a sudden loud hammering as I open the throttle, and she moves away under her own steam.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
He's got a pulse like a steam hammer, by Jove!
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
Steam-hammers aren't things to play with.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Father also received letters from Mr. Nasmyth, the inventor of the steam-hammer, on the same subject.
"The Life of Roger Langdon" by Roger Langdon
This seems to me like using a steam hammer to crack a nut.
"A Master of Deception" by Richard Marsh
Steam Hammers, Improved Hydraulic Jacks, and Tube Expanders.
"Scientific American, Vol. XLIII.--No. 1. [New Series.], July 3, 1880" by Various
Pittsburgh was, even then, a busy manufacturing town, filled with working machinery, steam engines, hammers, furnaces, and coal smoke.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Pittsburgh was, even then, a busy manufacturing town, filled with working machinery, steam engines, hammers, furnaces, and coal smoke.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The running of the iron from the furnace to the steam-hammer and back again to the rolls is chiefly performed by boys and young men.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams
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In news:

A water hammer can occur when a valve is suddenly opened or closed in a pipe carrying water or steam, causing a pressure wave to travel down the pipe with enough force that it can sometimes cause the pipes to burst.
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