ham·mer /ˈhæmɚ/ 名詞
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 form 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. (d) 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 or 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.
3. 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.
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 Zool., 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.
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.”
3. To form in the mind; to shape by hard intellectual labor; -- usually with out.
Who was hammering out a penny dialogue. --Jeffry.
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 been hammering. --Shak.
2. To strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively.
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head. --Shak.
n 1: the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when
the trigger is pulled [syn: cock]
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: a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano
strings to vibrate
7: a power tool for drilling rocks [syn: power hammer]
8: 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,
v 1: beat with or as if with a hammer; "hammer the metal flat"
2: create by hammering; "hammer the silver into a bowl"; "forge
a pair of tongues" [syn: forge]
(1.) Heb. pattish, used by gold-beaters (Isa. 41:7) and by
quarry-men (Jer. 23:29). Metaphorically of Babylon (Jer. 50:23)
(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