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Definition of 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

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

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

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
Henry David Thoreau

A woman with organizing skills can run a construction company without ever picking up a hammer and nail.
Warren Farrell

When my nephew was 3 and 4, he would say the most genius things. He said, You're hammer macho with FBI dogs. I thought it was just one of those great lines.
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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