a tool consisting of a solid head, usually of metal, set crosswise on a handle, used for beating metals, driving nails, etc.
any of various instruments or devices resembling this in form, action, or use, as a gavel, a mallet for playing the xylophone, or a lever that strikes the bell in a doorbell.
Firearms. the part of a lock that by its fall or action causes the discharge, as by exploding the percussion cap or striking the primer or firing pin; the cock.
one of the padded levers by which the strings of a piano are struck.
Track. a metal ball, usually weighing 16 pounds (7.3 kg), attached to a steel wire at the end of which is a grip, for throwing for distance in the hammer throw.
Anatomy. the malleus.
verb (used with object)
to beat or drive (a nail, peg, etc.) with a hammer.
to fasten by using hammer and nails; nail (often followed by down, up, etc.):
We spent the day hammering up announcements on fences and trees.
to assemble or build with a hammer and nails (often followed by together):
He hammered together a small crate.
to shape or ornament (metal or a metal object) by controlled and repeated blows of a hammer; beat out:
to hammer brass; to hammer a brass bowl.
to form, construct, or make with or as if with a hammer; build by repeated, vigorous, or strenuous effort (often followed by out or together):
to hammer out an agreement; to hammer together a plot.
to produce with or by force (often followed by out):
to hammer out a tune on the piano; to hammer a home run.
to pound or hit forcefully:
to hammer someone in the jaw.
to settle (a strong disagreement, argument, etc.); bring to an end, as by strenuous or repeated effort (usually followed by out):
They hammered out their differences over a glass of beer.
to present (points in an argument, an idea, etc.) forcefully or compellingly; state strongly, aggressively, and effectively (often followed by home).
to impress (something) as if by hammer blows:
You’ll have to hammer the rules into his head.
(in the London stock exchange) to dismiss (a person) from membership because of default.
to depress the price of (a stock).
verb (used without object)
to strike blows with or as if with a hammer.
to make persistent or laborious attempts to finish or perfect something (sometimes followed by away):
He hammered away at his speech for days.
to reiterate; emphasize by repetition (often followed by away):
The teacher hammered away at the multiplication tables.
under the hammer, for sale at public auction:
The old estate and all its furnishings went under the hammer.
Armand, 1898–1990, U.S. businessman and art patron.
a hand tool consisting of a heavy usually steel head held transversely on the end of a handle, used for driving in nails, beating metal, etc
any tool or device with a similar function, such as the moving part of a door knocker, the striking head on a bell, etc
a power-driven striking tool, esp one used in forging. A pneumatic hammer delivers a repeated blow from a pneumatic ram, a drop hammer uses the energy of a falling weight
a part of a gunlock that rotates about a fulcrum to strike the primer or percussion cap, either directly or via a firing pin
a heavy metal ball attached to a flexible wire: thrown in competitions
the event or sport of throwing the hammer
an auctioneer’s gavel
a device on a piano that is made to strike a string or group of strings causing them to vibrate
(anatomy) the nontechnical name for malleus
(curling) the last stone thrown in an end
go under the hammer, come under the hammer, to be offered for sale by an auctioneer
hammer and tongs, with great effort or energy: fighting hammer and tongs
(Austral & NZ, slang) on someone’s hammer
persistently demanding and critical of someone
in hot pursuit of someone
to strike or beat (a nail, wood, etc) with or as if with a hammer
(transitive) to shape or fashion with or as if with a hammer
(transitive; foll by in or into) to impress or force (facts, ideas, etc) into (someone) through constant repetition
(intransitive) to feel or sound like hammering: his pulse was hammering
(intransitive) often foll by away. to work at constantly
to question in a relentless manner
to criticize severely
(informal) to inflict a defeat on
(transitive) (slang) to beat, punish, or chastise
(transitive) (stock exchange)
to announce the default of (a member)
to cause prices of (securities, the market, etc) to fall by bearish selling
hammer ham·mer (hām’ər)
A sexually desirable woman; fox •Regarded by some women as offensive (1960s+ Black)
The accelerator of a truck (1960+ Truckers)
The penis: How’s your hammer hangin’, Tiger? (1960s+)
To denigrate severely; dump on: You can be playing outside the pearly gates and you’re still going to get hammered (1900+)
To beat down the price of a stock: Beverly’s stock was being hammered by the company’s persistent losses (1846+ Stock market)
Commonwealth hackish synonym for bang on.
(1.) Heb. pattish, used by gold-beaters (Isa. 41:7) and by quarry-men (Jer. 23:29). Metaphorically of Babylon (Jer. 50:23) or Nebuchadnezzar. (2.) Heb. makabah, a stone-cutter’s mallet (1 Kings 6:7), or of any workman (Judg. 4:21; Isa. 44:12). (3.) Heb. halmuth, a poetical word for a workman’s hammer, found only in Judg. 5:26, where it denotes the mallet with which the pins of the tent of the nomad are driven into the ground. (4.) Heb. mappets, rendered “battle-axe” in Jer. 51:20. This was properly a “mace,” which is thus described by Rawlinson: “The Assyrian mace was a short, thin weapon, and must either have been made of a very tough wood or (and this is more probable) of metal. It had an ornamented head, which was sometimes very beautifully modelled, and generally a strap or string at the lower end by which it could be grasped with greater firmness.”
hammer and tongs
hammer away at
adjective 1. not open and aboveboard; secret and crafty or dishonorable: an underhand deal with the chief of police. 2. executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand delivery of a ball. adverb 3. with the hand below the level of the shoulder and […]
adjective 1. underhand. 2. short-handed: By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded. adjective 1. another word for underhand, short-handed
verb (used with object), hung or especially for 4, 5, 20, hanged; hanging. 1. to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top; suspend. 2. to attach or suspend so as to allow free movement: to hang a pendulum. 3. to place […]
noun, plural hangmen. for 1. 1. a person who hangs criminals who are condemned to death; public executioner. 2. a word game in which one player selects a word that the other player must guess by supplying each of its letters: for each incorrect guess a part of a stick figure of a hanged, man […]