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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hammer  \Ham"mer\,  n.  (Athletics) 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hammer  \Ham"mer\,  n.  [OE.  hamer,  AS  hamer,  hamor;  akin  to  D. 
  hamer,  G.  &  Dan.  hammer,  Sw  hammare  Icel.  hamarr,  hammer, 
  crag,  and  perh.  to  Gr  ?  anvil,  Skr.  a?man  stone.] 
  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. 
 
  With  busy  hammers  closing  rivets  up  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Something  which  in  firm  or  action  resembles  the  common 
  hammer;  as: 
  a  That  part  of  a  clock  which  strikes  upon  the  bell  to 
  indicate  the  hour. 
  b  The  padded  mallet  of  a  piano,  which  strikes  the  wires, 
  to  produce  the  tones. 
  c  (Anat.)  The  malleus.  See  under  {Ear}.  (Gun.)  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. 
  e  Also  a  person  of  thing  that  smites  or  shatters;  as 
  St  Augustine  was  the  hammer  of  heresies. 
 
  He  met  the  stern  legionaries  [of  Rome]  who  had 
  been  the  ``massive  iron  hammers''  of  the  whole 
  earth.  --J.  H. 
  Newman. 
 
  {Atmospheric  hammer},  a  dead-stroke  hammer  in  which  the 
  spring  is  formed  by  confined  air. 
 
  {Drop  hammer},  {Face  hammer},  etc  See  under  {Drop},  {Face}, 
  etc 
 
  {Hammer  fish}.  See  {Hammerhead}. 
 
  {Hammer  hardening},  the  process  of  hardening  metal  by 
  hammering  it  when  cold. 
 
  {Hammer  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  species  of  {Malleus},  a  genus 
  of  marine  bivalve  shells,  allied  to  the  pearl  oysters, 
  having  the  wings  narrow  and  elongated,  so  as  to  give  them 
  a  hammer-shaped  outline;  --  called  also  {hammer  oyster}. 
 
 
  {To  bring  to  the  hammer},  to  put  up  at  auction. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hammer  \Ham"mer\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hammered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Hammering}.] 
  1.  To  beat  with  a  hammer;  to  beat  with  heavy  blows;  as  to 
  hammer  iron. 
 
  2.  To  form  or  forge  with  a  hammer;  to  shape  by  beating. 
  ``Hammered  money.''  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  form  in  the  mind;  to  shape  by  hard  intellectual  labor; 
  --  usually  with  out 
 
  Who  was  hammering  out  a  penny  dialogue.  --Jeffry. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hammer  \Ham"mer\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  busy  forming  anything  to  labor  hard  as  if  shaping 
  something  with  a  hammer. 
 
  Whereon  this  month  I  have  hammering.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  strike  repeated  blows,  literally  or  figuratively. 
 
  Blood  and  revenge  are  hammering  in  my  head.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hammer 
  n  1:  the  part  of  a  gunlock  that  strikes  the  percussion  cap  when 
  the  trigger  is  pulled 
  2:  a  hand  tool  with  a  heavy  rigid  head  and  a  handle;  used  to 
  deliver  an  impulsive  force  by  striking 
  3:  an  athletic  competition  in  which  a  heavy  metal  ball  that  is 
  attached  to  a  flexible  wire  is  hurled  as  far  as  possible 
  [syn:  {hammer  throw}] 
  4:  the  ossicle  attached  to  the  eardrum  [syn:  {malleus}] 
  5:  a  heavy  metal  sphere  attached  to  a  flexible  wire;  used  in 
  the  hammer  throw 
  6:  the  felt-covered  striker  that  causes  the  piano  strings  to 
  vibrate 
  7:  a  power  tool  for  drilling  rocks  [syn:  {power  hammer}] 
  8:  a  small  mallet  used  by  a  presiding  officer  or  a  judge  [syn: 
  {gavel}] 
  9:  the  act  of  pounding  (delivering  repeated  heavy  blows);  "the 
  sudden  hammer  of  fists  caught  him  off  guard";  "the 
  pounding  of  feet  on  the  hallway"  [syn:  {pound},  {hammering}, 
  {pounding}] 
  v  1:  beat  with  or  as  if  with  a  hammer 
  2:  of  metals  [syn:  {forge}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  hammer  vt  Commonwealth  hackish  syn.  for  {bang  on}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  hammer 
 
  Commonwealth  hackish  synonym  for  {bang  on}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-02-16) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hammer 
  (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." 
 




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