WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ham•mer /ˈhæmɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Buildinga tool consisting of a solid head set crosswise on a handle and used for driving nails, beating metals, etc.
- Buildingany of various instruments or devices resembling this in form, action, or use.
- Sporta metal ball attached to a steel wire at the end of which is a grip, for throwing in the sport called the hammer throw.
ham•mer•er, n. [countable]
- Buildingto beat or drive (a nail, peg, etc.) with a hammer: [~ + object]hammered a nail into the wall.[~ + in + object]hammered in a nail.[~ + object + in]The carpenter hammered a nail in.
- Buildingto fasten by using hammer and nails;
nail: [~ + object]hammered the door shut.
- Buildingto assemble or build with a hammer and nails: [~ + together + object]to hammer together a small crate.[~ + object + together]to hammer a small crate together.
- to shape or ornament (metal or a metal object) by controlled blows of a hammer;
beat out:[~ + object]hammered the metal into a horseshoe.
- to strike blows with or as if with a hammer:[no object]They hammered on the door.
- hammer away, [~ + at + object]
- to keep making hard-working attempts at something:hammered away at her speech for days.
- to repeat in order to persuade:likes to hammer away at the importance of punctuality.
- hammer out:
- to form or construct by repeated, vigorous, or strong effort: [~ + out + object]to hammer out an agreement acceptable to both sides.[~ + object + out]They hammered it out in only a few hours.
- to settle or resolve, as by vigorous or repeated effort: [~ + out + object]hammered out their differences.[~ + object + out]hammered their differences out.
- to hit with force: [~ + out + object]to hammer out a tune on the piano.[~ + object + out]hammering it out over and over again.
- Buildinga tool consisting of a solid head, usually of metal, set crosswise on a handle, used for beating metals, driving nails, etc.
- Buildingany of various instruments or devices resembling this in form, action, or use, as a gavel, a mallet for playing the xylophone, or a lever that strikes the bell in a doorbell.
- Military[Firearms.]the part of a lock that by its fall or action causes the discharge, as by exploding the percussion cap or striking the primer or firing pin;
- Music and Danceone of the padded levers by which the strings of a piano are struck.
- Sport[Track.]a metal ball, usually weighing 16 lb. (7.3 kg), attached to a steel wire at the end of which is a grip, for throwing for distance in the hammer throw.
- Anatomythe malleus.
- Idiomsunder the hammer, for sale at public auction:The old estate and all its furnishings went under the hammer.
- Buildingto beat or drive (a nail, peg, etc.) with a hammer.
- Buildingto fasten by using hammer and nails;
nail (often fol. by down, up, etc.):We spent the day hammering up announcements on fences and trees.
- Buildingto assemble or build with a hammer and nails (often fol. by together):He hammered together a small crate.
- to shape or ornament (metal or a metal object) by controlled and repeated blows of a hammer;
beat out:to hammer brass; to hammer a brass bowl.
- to form, construct, or make with or as if with a hammer;
build by repeated, vigorous, or strenuous effort (often fol. by out or together):to hammer out an agreement; to hammer together a plot.
- to produce with or by force (often fol. by out):to hammer out a tune on the piano; to hammer a home run.
- to pound or hit forcefully:to hammer someone in the jaw.
- to settle (a strong disagreement, argument, etc.);
bring to an end, as by strenuous or repeated effort (usually fol. by out):They hammered out their differences over a glass of beer.
- to present (points in an argument, an idea, etc.) forcefully or compellingly;
state strongly, aggressively, and effectively (often fol. by home).
- to impress (something) as if by hammer blows:You'll have to hammer the rules into his head.
- (in the London stock exchange) to dismiss (a person) from membership because of default.
- to depress the price of (a stock).
- to strike blows with or as if with a hammer.
- to make persistent or laborious attempts to finish or perfect something (sometimes fol. by away):He hammered away at his speech for days.
- to reiterate;
emphasize by repetition (often fol. by away):The teacher hammered away at the multiplication tables.
- bef. 1000; Middle English hamer, Old English hamor; cognate with German Hammer hammer, Old Norse hamarr hammer, crag; origin, originally made of stone; probably akin to Russian kámen' stone
(ham′ər),USA pronunciation n.
BiographicalArmand, 1898–1990, U.S. businessman and art patron.
- 13, 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged knock, bang.
- 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged strike.
- 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged resolve, solve, thrash, work.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hammer /ˈhæmə/ n
- a hand tool consisting of a heavy usually steel head held transversely on the end of a handle, used for driving in nails, beating metal, etc
- any tool or device with a similar function, such as the moving part of a door knocker, the striking head on a bell, etc
- a power-driven striking tool, esp one used in forging. A pneumatic hammer delivers a repeated blow from a pneumatic ram, a drop hammer uses the energy of a falling weight
- a part of a gunlock that rotates about a fulcrum to strike the primer or percussion cap, either directly or via a firing pin
- a heavy metal ball attached to a flexible wire: thrown in competitions
- the event or sport of throwing the hammer
- an auctioneer's gavel
- a device on a piano that is made to strike a string or group of strings causing them to vibrate
- the nontechnical name for malleus
- go under the hammer, come under the hammer ⇒ to be offered for sale by an auctioneer
- hammer and tongs ⇒ with great effort or energy: fighting hammer and tongs
- on someone's hammer ⇒ Austral NZ slang persistently demanding and critical of someone
Etymology: Old English hamor; related to Old Norse hamarr crag, Old High German hamar hammer, Old Slavonic kamy stoneˈhammer-ˌlike adj
- to strike or beat (a nail, wood, etc) with or as if with a hammer
- (transitive) to shape or fashion with or as if with a hammer
- (tr; followed by in or into) to impress or force (facts, ideas, etc) into (someone) through constant repetition
- (intransitive) to feel or sound like hammering
- (intransitive) often followed by away: to work at constantly
- (transitive) Brit to criticize severely
- informal to inflict a defeat on
- (transitive) to announce the default of (a member)
- to cause prices of (securities, the market, etc) to fall by bearish selling
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