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Hammer


HAM'MER, noun An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like. It consists of an iron head, fixed crosswise to a handle. Hammers are of various sizes; a large hammer used by smiths is called a sledge.

HAM'MER, verb transitive To beat with a hammer; as, to hammer iron or steel.

1. To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.

2. To work in the mind; to contrive by intellectual labor; usually with out; as, to hammer out a scheme.

HAM'MER, verb intransitive To work; to be busy; to labor in contrivance.

1. To be working or in agitation.