[[t]ˈhæm ər[/t]] n.
1) bui a tool consisting of a solid head, usu. of metal, set crosswise on a handle, used for driving nails, beating metals, etc
2) bui any of various instruments or devices resembling this in form, action, or use, as a gavel, a mallet for playing the xylophone, or one of the padded levers by which the strings of a piano are struck
3) mil the part of a lock of a firearm that strikes the primer or firing pin, explodes the percussion cap, etc., and causes the discharge; cock
4) spo a metal ball, usu. weighing 16 lb. (7.3 kg), attached to a steel wire at the end of which is a grip, for throwing in the hammer throw
5) anat.
6) bui to beat or drive (a nail, peg, etc.) with a hammer
7) bui to fasten by using hammer and nails; nail (often fol. by down, up, etc.)
8) bui to assemble or build with a hammer and nails (often fol. by together)
9) to beat out:
to hammer brass[/ex]
10) to form or construct by repeated, vigorous, or strenuous effort (often fol. by out or together):
to hammer out an agreement[/ex]
11) to pound or hit forcefully (often fol. by out):
to hammer out a tune on the piano[/ex]
12) to settle or resolve, as by strenuous or repeated effort (usu. fol. by out):
They hammered out their differences at last[/ex]
13) to present (points in an argument, an idea, etc.) forcefully or compellingly:
hammering home the need for action[/ex]
14) cvb to impress (something) as if by hammer blows:
to hammer rules into someone's head[/ex]
15) to strike blows with or as if with a hammer
16) to make persistent or laborious attempts to finish or perfect something (sometimes fol. by away):
She hammered away at her speech for days[/ex]
17) to reiterate; emphasize by repetition (often fol. by away)
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME hamer, OE hamor, c. OS hamur, OHG hamar hammer, ON hamarr hammer, crag ham′mer•er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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