• Claw-Hammer.  Riveting-Hammer.  Upholster's Hammer.  Magnetized Hammer.  Veneering-Hammer
    Claw-Hammer. Riveting-Hammer. Upholster's Hammer. Magnetized Hammer. Veneering-Hammer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hammer beat with or as if with a hammer "hammer the metal flat"
    • v hammer create by hammering "hammer the silver into a bowl","forge a pair of tongues"
    • n hammer the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows) "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard","the pounding of feet on the hallway"
    • n hammer a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
    • n hammer a power tool for drilling rocks
    • n hammer a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate
    • n hammer the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
    • n hammer a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw
    • n hammer a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
    • n hammer the ossicle attached to the eardrum
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pinocchio Threw His Hammer at the Talking-Cricket Pinocchio Threw His Hammer at the Talking-Cricket
Steam hammer Steam hammer
The yellow-hammer The yellow-hammer
Makoma throws his hammer at the fire-eater Makoma throws his hammer at the fire-eater
Nasmyth's Steam-hammer Nasmyth's Steam-hammer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A glockenspiel is a musical instrument that is like a xylophone. It has a series of metal bars and is played with two hammers
    • Hammer (Athletics) A spherical weight attached to a flexible handle and hurled from a mark or ring. The weight of head and handle is usually not less than 16 pounds.
    • Hammer Also, a person or thing that smites or shatters; as, St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies.
    • Hammer An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like, consisting of a head, usually of steel or iron, fixed crosswise to a handle. "With busy hammers closing rivets up."
    • Hammer Something which in form or action resembles the common hammer
    • Hammer That part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour.
    • Hammer That part of a gunlock which strikes the percussion cap, or firing pin; the cock; formerly, however, a piece of steel covering the pan of a flintlock musket and struck by the flint of the cock to ignite the priming.
    • Hammer The malleus.
    • Hammer The padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires, to produce the tones.
    • Hammer To be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping something with a hammer. "Whereon this month I have been hammering ."
    • Hammer To beat with a hammer; to beat with heavy blows; as, to hammer iron.
    • Hammer To form in the mind; to shape by hard intellectual labor; -- usually with out. "Who was hammering out a penny dialogue."
    • Hammer To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating. "Hammered money."
    • Hammer To strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively. "Blood and revenge are hammering in my head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most expensive book or manuscript ever sold at an auction was The Codex Hammer, a notebook belonging to Leonardo da Vinci. It sold for $30.8 million.
    • n hammer An instrument consisting of a solid head, usually of metal, but sometimes of wood or of stone, set crosswise to the handle, used for beating metals, driving nails or spikes, dressing or breaking stones, etc.; hence, a machine in which a heavy block of metal is used for such a purpose. See steam-hammer, tilt-hammer, trip-hammer. The head of the hammer is made in various forms, according to the use to which it is to be put. Hammers of stone are found among the remains of antiquity, and are still in use among barbarous races. The hammer has also been used as a weapon of attack in war. See martel-de-fer.
    • n hammer Something which resembles the common hammer in form, action, or use. The piece in a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour; the striker.
    • n hammer A door-knocker.
    • n hammer In anatomy, the malleus.
    • n hammer The head of a sphyrnid or hammer-headed shark.
    • n hammer Figuratively, an aggressive and destructive foe: as, a hammer of heretics (Latin malleus hœreticorum).
    • n hammer Same as fylfot.
    • n hammer A pendent ornament, usually of silver, found among relics of the prehistoric iron age in the north of Europe. It has somewhat the shape of a mallet, and is undoubtedly intended to represent a hammer as weapon or utensil.
    • hammer To beat or drive with or as if with a hammer; pound; beat: as, to hammer iron or steel; to hammer one with the fist.
    • hammer To fasten with a hammer by nailing or otherwise; construct by the use of the hammer.
    • hammer To form or forge with a hammer; shape by beating: often with out.
    • hammer To work upon in the mind; contrive by intellectual labor; excogitate: usually with out: as, to hammer out a scheme.
    • hammer To strike something repeatedly with or as if with a hammer.
    • hammer To work industriously or persistently; be very busy; labor in contrivance: as, to be hammering away at an invention.
    • hammer To be working or in agitation; keep up an excited action or state of feeling.
    • hammer To stammer.
    • n hammer A yellowhammer or bunting. As used in the following passage the meaning of the word is uncertain. See etymology.
    • n hammer In athletics, a 16-pound weight (or a 12-pound weight for school-boys), attached by ball-bearing to a wire handle, which competitors, standing in a marked circle, endeavor to throw as far as possible. The old-fashioned hammer had an ordinary stiff wooden handle.
    • hammer To declare (a member) to be in default, after notice by hammering three times on the rostrum.
    • hammer To beat down or depress (price or the market); bear.
    • hammer To make a knocking noise, as a steam-pipe when steam is let on and a water-hammer is produced. See water-hammer, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The side of a hammer is a cheek.
    • n Hammer ham′ėr a tool for beating metal or driving nails: a striking-piece in the mechanism of a clock or piano: that part of the lock of a firearm which falls with a sharp blow and causes the discharge of the piece: the baton of an auctioneer, a knock from which signifies that an article is sold: a small bone of the ear, the malleus
    • v.t Hammer to drive, shape, or fashion with a hammer: to contrive by intellectual labour, to excogitate (with out): to declare (a person) a defaulter on the Stock Exchange: to beat down the price of (a stock), to depress (a market)
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  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.”
  • Proverb
    “Some people are born hammers, others anvils.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Between the anvil and the hammer.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “One must either be the hammer or the anvil.”
  • Kalan
    “Give a small boy a hammer and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.”


Go under the hammer - If something goes under the hammer, it is sold in an auction.
Hammer and tongs - If people are going at it hammer and tongs, they are arguing fiercely. The idiom can also be used hen people are doing something energetically.
Mad as a bag of hammers - Someone who is as mad as a bag of hammers is crazy or stupid. ('Daft as a bag of hammers' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor,; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. 'a`kmwn anvil, Skr. açman, stone


In literature:

It works short under the hammer.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Directly afterwards Mr Shobbrok lowered down a hammer and a large bag of nails.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
If you could have seen pa's hammer, you would have seen something worth looking at.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Nevertheless they plied the hammer and bellows unceasingly.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
One, a big, broad-shouldered man named Dan, was seated on a wooden box hammering at the rock with tremendous energy.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
The sweat blinded me; a bright steel pain throbbed in my head; my heart seemed to hammer.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
One blow of a hammer may ruin it.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The revolver clicked; the hammer was up again.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Her name is Frieda Hammer.
"The Girl Scouts' Good Turn" by Edith Lavell
Moreover, there was something wrong with the hammer of his gun.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

Till a stranger, he said unto him
As he hammer'd the stone one day"
"Guido Sebaldi the mason,
Hark to the words I say!"
"Guido Sebaldi" by Cicely Fox Smith
Give me pick and hammer; you
Stand aside; the deed I'll do.
Yes, in truth, I have small skill,
But the best thing is the will.
"Death and Birth" by George MacDonald
There shine upon the second shield
A hammer and pincers bright;
Them carries Vidrik Verlandson,
Ne’er gives he quarter in fight.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
And there, in the golden weather,
He stitched and hammered and sung;
In the brook he moistened his leather,
In the pewter mug his tongue.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The blacksmith pois'd his hammer high;
And swift as bolt from louring sky,
With Vulcan's force and fury swung,
Upon the Luddite's helm it rung.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
“And a strange sound heard, my masters all,
At sea, in the fog and the rain,
Like shipwrights’ hammers tapping low,
Then loud, then low again.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

What to watch for in the hammer throw .
An East Kentwood athlete demonstrates the Hammer Throw (Aug.
Pitassi claims state hammer throw title.
Triton Pitassi of Camas won the state hammer throw championship for high school boys.
The Camas High School junior threw the 12-pound hammer 191 feet and 4 inches to win the competition held on May 27 in Centralia.
The hammer-throw , the event in which McInturff set the record, is not an allowable high school track event but is common at the collegiate level.
The hammer is basically a handle that is connected to a swiveling shot put by about 38 inches of wire.
Dan Tolsma, a senior on the South Dakota men's track and field squad, continues to break records in the hammer throw .
'Hammer And Tongs,' Work By Jaclyn Conley, At Artspace Torrington.
Torrington, presents "Hammer and Tongs," an exhibit of work by Jaclyn Conley, until Friday, Dec 21.
Romney Calls Latest Jobs Numbers a 'Hammer Blow' to the Middle Class.
Jobs report 'hammer blow' to middle-class.
Romney calls economic numbers a 'hammer blow' to middle class.
2 a hammer blow to weakening group.
Rare talent whose loss is hammer blow to Ulster.

In science:

These graphs, first defined in 1973 by Chv´atal and Hammer , also have several other equivalent characterizations, which led to their occasional “rediscovery” through the following two decades.
Further Properties of Random Threshold Graphs
In Hammer et al.’s Studies in Integer Programming, North-Holland, 1977.
Further Properties of Random Threshold Graphs
Hammer, B., Gisbrecht, A., Hasenfuss, A., Mokbel, B., Schleif, F., Zhu, X.: Topographic mapping of dissimilarity data.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data
Hammer, B., Hasenfuss, A., annd Strickert M.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data
Rossi, F., Hasenfuss, A., Hammer, B.: Accelerating relational clustering algorithms with sparse prototype representation.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data