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[peen] /pin/

a wedgelike, spherical, or other striking end of a hammer head opposite the face.
verb (used with object)
to enlarge, straighten, or smooth with a peen.
to strengthen (a metal surface) by light hammering or by bombardment with steel balls or shot.
the end of a hammer head opposite the striking face, often rounded or wedge-shaped
(transitive) to strike with the peen of a hammer or with a stream of metal shot in order to bend or shape (a sheet of metal)

1680s, “sharp or thin end of a hammer head, opposite the face,” probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal penn “peen,” Old Swedish pæna “beat iron thin with a hammer”). Earlier as a verb, “to beat thin with a hammer” (1510s).


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