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Definition of hammer:

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


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