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ham·mer

 (hăm′ər)
n.
1. A hand tool consisting of a handle with a head of metal or other heavy rigid material that is attached at a right angle, used for striking or pounding.
2. A tool or device similar in function or action to this striking tool, as:
a. The part of a gunlock that hits the primer or firing pin or explodes the percussion cap and causes the gun to fire.
b. Music One of the padded wooden pieces of a piano that strikes the strings.
c. A part of an apparatus that strikes a gong or bell, as in a clock.
3. Anatomy See malleus.
4. Sports A metal ball weighing 16 pounds (7.2 kilograms) and having a long wire or wooden handle by which it is thrown for distance in track-and-field competition.
5. A small mallet used by auctioneers.
v. ham·mered, ham·mer·ing, ham·mers
v.tr.
1.
a. To hit, especially repeatedly, with a hammer; pound. See Synonyms at beat.
b. To strike forcefully and repeatedly: hooves hammering the ground.
c. To assault with military force: hammered the position with artillery shells.
2.
a. To beat into a shape with a hammer or similar tool: hammered the metal into a goblet.
b. To accomplish or produce with difficulty or effort. Often used with out: hammer out an agreement.
3. To put together, fasten, or seal, particularly with nails, by hammering.
4. To force upon (someone) by constant repetition: hammered the information into the students' heads.
5.
a. To cause harm, loss, or difficulty to (someone), especially repeatedly: investors hammered in the bear market.
b. To defeat soundly: got hammered in the playoffs.
c. To attack verbally: a politician hammered in the press
v.intr.
1. To deal repeated blows with or as if with a hammer; pummel: "Wind hammered at us violently in gusts" (Thor Heyerdahl).
2. To undergo beating in the manner of a hammer: My pulse hammered.
3. Informal To keep at something continuously. Often used with away: hammered away at the problem.
Idiom:
under the hammer
For sale at an auction.

[Middle English hamer, from Old English hamor; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

ham′mer·er n.

hammering

(ˈhæmərɪŋ)
n
(Tools) the action of striking with a hammer
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hammering - the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)hammering - the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows); "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway"
blow - a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
Translations

hammering

[ˈhæmərɪŋ] N
1. (lit) → martilleo m
2.paliza f
to give sb a hammeringdar una paliza a algn
to get or take a hammeringrecibir una paliza

hammering

[ˈhæmərɪŋ] n
(= criticism) → volée f
(= thrashing, defeat) → raclée f
(= knocking) → martèlement mhammer throw nlancer m du marteauhammer thrower nlanceur/euse m/f de marteau

hammering

n (esp Brit)
Hämmern nt, → Klopfen nt
(inf: = defeat) → Schlappe f (inf); our team took a hammeringunsere Mannschaft musste eine Schlappe einstecken (inf)
(inf: = criticism) → scharfe Kritik; doctors took a terrible hammering in the reportdie Ärzteschaft wurden in dem Bericht scharf unter Beschuss genommen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
A good deal of hammering went on before the curtain rose again, but when it became evident what a masterpiece of stage carpentery had been got up, no one murmured at the delay.
They listened, breathless, when she told them the house in Esplanade Street was crowded with workmen, hammering, nailing, sawing, and filling the place with clatter.
There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood- pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
People rose up wild all over the house, straining and staring for a better look at him, and the judge was hammering with his mallet and the sheriff yelling "Order--order in the court--order