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hammer

ham·mer

hammer

 
 
pronunciation:
hae mr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
under the hammer
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a hand tool having a solid, heavy head set across a handle and used to pound, indent, or beat metal, nails, or the like into shape or place, or any similar device.
 
similar words:
beetle, claw, fuller, gavel, mallet, maul, sledgehammer
definition 2: any of various mallets or levers that strike to produce a sound, as on a piano or doorbell.
synonyms:
mallet
similar words:
lever, striker
definition 3: the part of a firearm that strikes and causes the discharge.
synonyms:
cock
definition 4: a sixteen-pound metal ball, attached by a wire to a grip, that is thrown for distance in a field event.
similar words:
cock
phrase: under the hammer
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hammered, hammering, hammers
definition 1: to hit or strike with, or as though with, a hammer; pound or pummel.
synonyms:
beat, pound
similar words:
batter, bludgeon, clobber, club, cudgel, nail, pommel, pummel, strike
definition 2: to fasten with hammer and nails.
synonyms:
nail
similar words:
fasten, tack
definition 3: to shape or decorate (metal or the like) with a hammer.
synonyms:
beat, forge
similar words:
cast, coin, form, found, mold, shape
definition 4: to construct or bring about (an agreement or settlement) with force or energy (often fol. by out).
synonyms:
forge
similar words:
chisel, fashion, make
definition 5: to present forcefully or with lasting effect, as though with the strong or repeated blows of a hammer.
He hammered home his argument.
synonyms:
drive, pound, ram
similar words:
blast, force, persist in, press, thrust
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to strike with, or as if with, a hammer.
She hammered on the door with her fists.
synonyms:
beat, pound
similar words:
batter, strike
definition 2: to work away at something with effort or persistence, as if by repeated pounding.
The lawyer hammered at the witness with question after question.
synonyms:
pound, strike
similar words:
batter, drive
definition 3: to pound like a hammer.
His heart hammered against his ribs.
synonyms:
beat, pound
similar words:
pulsate, throb
derivations: hammerlike (adj.), hammerer (n.)
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