hammer oyster
Hammer Ham"mer (h[a^]m"m[~e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. 'a`kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and the like, consisting of a head, usually of steel or iron, fixed crosswise to a handle. [1913 Webster]

With busy hammers closing rivets up. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Something which in form or action resembles the common hammer; as: (a) That part of a clock which strikes upon the bell to indicate the hour. (b) The padded mallet of a piano, which strikes the wires, to produce the tones. (c) (Anat.) The malleus. See under {Ear}. (d) (Gun.) That part of a gunlock which strikes the percussion cap, or firing pin; the cock; formerly, however, a piece of steel covering the pan of a flintlock musket and struck by the flint of the cock to ignite the priming. (e) Also, a person or thing that smites or shatters; as, St. Augustine was the hammer of heresies. [1913 Webster]

He met the stern legionaries [of Rome] who had been the ``massive iron hammers'' of the whole earth. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

3. (Athletics) A spherical weight attached to a flexible handle and hurled from a mark or ring. The weight of head and handle is usually not less than 16 pounds. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Atmospheric hammer}, a dead-stroke hammer in which the spring is formed by confined air.

{Drop hammer}, {Face hammer}, etc. See under {Drop}, {Face}, etc.

{Hammer fish}. See {Hammerhead}.

{Hammer hardening}, the process of hardening metal by hammering it when cold.

{Hammer shell} (Zo["o]l.), any species of {Malleus}, a genus of marine bivalve shells, allied to the pearl oysters, having the wings narrow and elongated, so as to give them a hammer-shaped outline; -- called also {hammer oyster}.

{To bring to the hammer}, to put up at auction. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • hammer oyster — noun : any of several bivalve mollusks of Malleus and related genera of Chinese and Australian waters having elongated handle shaped shells that resemble an oyster on the interior and that are prolonged in both directions at the dorsal margin to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hammer — Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hammer fish — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hammer hardening — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hammer shell — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hammer shell — noun : hammer oyster; also : its shell …   Useful english dictionary

  • Atmospheric hammer — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drop hammer — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Face hammer — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bring to the hammer — Hammer Ham mer (h[a^]m m[ e]r), n. [OE. hamer, AS. hamer, hamor; akin to D. hamer, G. & Dan. hammer, Sw. hammare, Icel. hamarr, hammer, crag, and perh. to Gr. a kmwn anvil, Skr. a[,c]man stone.] 1. An instrument for driving nails, beating metals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”