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English noun: hammer

1. hammer (artifact) the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled


Broader (hypernym)striker

Part meronymfiring mechanism, gunlock

2. hammer (artifact) a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking

Broader (hypernym)hand tool

Narrower (hyponym)ball-peen hammer, beetle, bricklayer's hammer, carpenter's hammer, claw hammer, clawhammer, mallet, maul, percussor, plessor, plexor, sledge, sledgehammer, tack hammer

Part holonymhammerhead, head

3. hammer (body) the ossicle attached to the eardrum


Broader (hypernym)auditory ossicle

Part meronymmiddle ear, tympanic cavity, tympanum

4. hammer (artifact) a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.


Broader (hypernym)drumstick

Part meronympercussion instrument, percussive instrument

5. hammer (artifact) a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw

Broader (hypernym)sports equipment

6. hammer (artifact) a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate

Broader (hypernym)striker

Part meronympiano action

7. hammer (artifact) a power tool for drilling rocks

Synonymspower hammer

Broader (hypernym)power tool

Narrower (hyponym)air hammer, electric hammer, jackhammer, pneumatic hammer, triphammer

8. hammer (act) the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)

SamplesThe sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard.
The pounding of feet on the hallway.

Synonymshammering, pound, pounding

Broader (hypernym)blow

English verb: hammer

1. hammer (contact) beat with or as if with a hammer

SamplesHammer the metal flat.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat

Narrower (hyponym)sledge, sledgehammer

Verb groupforge, hammer

2. hammer (creation) create by hammering

SamplesHammer the silver into a bowl.
Forge a pair of tongues.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat

Narrower (hyponym)dropforge, foliate

Verb grouphammer

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