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Definition of Hammer

Hammer

  1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like, consisting of a head, usually of steel or iron, fixed crosswise to a handle.
  2. Something which in firm or action resembles the common hammer
  3. That part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour.
  4. The padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires, to produce the tones.
  5. The malleus.
  6. 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.
  7. Also, a person of thing that smites or shatters; as, St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies.
  8. To beat with a hammer; to beat with heavy blows; as, to hammer iron.
  9. To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.
  10. To form in the mind; to shape by hard intellectual labor; -- usually with out.
  11. To be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping something with a hammer.
  12. To strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively.
  13. 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 Quotations

Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
Mao Zedong

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham Maslow

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
Will Rogers

The first time I saw nitroglycerine was in the beginning of the Crimean War. Professor Zinin in St. Petersburg exhibited some to my father and me, and struck some on an anvil to show that only the part touched by the hammer exploded without spreading.
Alfred Nobel

The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved. You cannot make a spoon that is better than a spoon... The book has been thoroughly tested, and it's very hard to see how it could be improved on for its current purposes.
Umberto Eco
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Hammer Translations

hammer in Danish is hammer
hammer in Dutch is hameren
hammer in French is martelez, martelons, marteau, marteler, martelent
hammer in German is Hammer
hammer in Italian is martello
hammer in Norwegian is hamre, slegge, hammer
hammer in Portuguese is martelo
hammer in Spanish is acotillo, martillear, martillo
hammer in Swedish is hamra, hammare
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