• 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
    • n hammering the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows) "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard","the pounding of feet on the hallway"
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • n hammering In silversmithing, a dented appearance on silverware, each dent being made by successive carefully directed blows of the hammer. The dents are also sometimes gouged out with a tool or pressed in by means of a roll. This mode of decoration is of Japanese origin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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 Hammering a dented, appearance on silverware effected by successive blows of a hammer
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  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.”
  • Abraham H. Maslow
    Abraham H. Maslow
    “To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
  • James A. Froude
    “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.”
  • Proverb
    “Some people are born hammers, others anvils.”
  • Abraham H. Maslow
    Abraham H. Maslow
    “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”


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.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hamor; Ger. hammer, Ice. hamarr.


In literature:

The sound of the shipyard axes and hammers can be heard for miles over the quiet waters of the bay.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
Eight kettles fell, but only one of them, a hard-hammered cauldron, whole from the column.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Seizing his hammer, he, with all his force, threw it at the giant's cheek, into which it buried itself up to the handle.
"Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian" by Various
I went at them hammer and tongs!
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
At every blow of the hammer there is danger.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
Cogging has taken the place of hammering.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XV., No. 388, June 9, 1883" by Various
Magnetic oxide of iron is produced when red-hot iron is hammered.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
About thirty hammer-stones suitable for holding in the hand were found.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
A man was just going down to the edge of the water, and presently he began to hammer at something in the boat.
"Gritli's Children" by Johanna Spyri
He hammered on the door.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman

In poetry:

Is it Thor's hammer
Rays in his right hand?
Weaponless walks he;
It is the White Christ,
Stronger than Thor.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
To wield the axe or the hammer,
To till the yielding soil,
Enroll me under your banner,
Oh Brotherhood of Toil!
"The News-Boy's Dream of the New Year" by Kate Seymour Maclean
For it has hammered loud enough,
Clamored enough, when all is said:
Only its quiet part shall live
When I am dead.
"I Shall Be Loved As Quiet Things" by Karle Wilson Baker
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
Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf I. -- The Challenge Of T" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sound on, too, hammer of the thought,
To widen human good,
And forge between each yearning heart
The links of brotherhood.
"Anvil And Newspaper" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Warren says middle class ' chipped , squeezed and hammered'.
Opening day of State Fair brings fried food, Clydesdale's, Hammer.
Katlyn Horras, the Duke junior first baseman, hammers a solo homer that made it 1-0 York against Crete on Monday night with none out in the home half of the second.
Join us in the KKCO 11 News kitchen with local authors of "Green Eggs and Let's Get Hammered" making Guinness Irish Stew.
While that takes place, Republicans continue hammering the president on the administration's handling of the attack on the US consulate in Libya.
Serious cuts are coming for public transit in the East Bay AC Transit board members hammered out a plan Wednesday night, despite protest from those who rely on the busses.
When the hammer hit the wall it felt "ja gut.".
Republican candidate Chris Christie today hammered what he called the "Corzine- Daggett " plan to raise taxes in New Jersey.
Barlett & Steele hammer away, again, at the middle-class decline.
Every time I put a hammer to a nail, I tell myself, 'Do it right, now.
Jack Hammer of Wantagh has invented a novel method for measuring efficiency improvement in a heating system .
Lose the Pick and Heave the Hammer.
The Mars Area School Board recently reached a contract agreement with the union representing its teachers now the district has to hammer out a labor deal with its support staff.
East Germany opened its heavily guarded borders at 11:17 pm, and Krazy Krauts celebrated by dancing atop the wall in lederhosen and chipping away at it with hammers.
Sen Sheldon Whitehouse is hammering the old reliable Democrat vote-getter in Rhode Island: the Republicans want to take away your Medicare.

In science:

Hammer, Reinventing College Physics for Biologists: Explicating an Epistemological Curriculum , Am. J.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
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
We note that similar work has also been published by other groups (see, e.g., Hammer and Nørskov, 1997, and references therein).
Theory of Adsorption on Metal Substrates