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Noun: hammer  ha-mu(r)
  1. A hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
  2. The part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
    - cock
  3. The ossicle attached to the eardrum
    - malleus
  4. A light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
    - mallet
  5. A heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw
  6. A striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate
  7. A power tool for drilling rocks
    - power hammer
  8. The act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
    "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard";
    - pound, hammering, pounding
Verb: hammer  ha-mu(r)
  1. Beat with or as if with a hammer
    "hammer the metal flat"
  2. Create by hammering
    "hammer the silver into a bowl";
    - forge
  3. [informal] Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    - cream [informal], bat, clobber [informal], drub, thrash [informal], lick [informal], marmalise [Brit, informal], marmelise [Brit, informal], slaughter [informal], marmelize [Brit, informal], smoke [N. Amer, informal], muller [Brit, informal], marmalize [Brit, informal], beat hollow [informal], tromp [N. Amer, informal], wipe the floor [informal], trounce, blow away [informal], whale [N. Amer, informal], paste [informal]

Derived forms: hammered, hammering, hammers

See also: hammered

Type of: auditory ossicle, beat, beat out, blow, crush, drumstick, hand tool, power tool, shell, sports equipment, striker, trounce, vanquish

Part of: firing mechanism, gunlock, middle ear, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, piano action, tympanic cavity, tympanum

Encyclopedia: Hammer, South Dakota