Definition of hammer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hammer

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhæmə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hammer
    BrE BrE//ˈhæmə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmər//
     
    he / she / it hammers
    BrE BrE//ˈhæməz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmərz//
     
    past simple hammered
    BrE BrE//ˈhæməd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmərd//
     
    past participle hammered
    BrE BrE//ˈhæməd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmərd//
     
    -ing form hammering
    BrE BrE//ˈhæmərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit something with a hammer I could hear somebody hammering next door. hammer something (in/into/onto something) She hammered the nail into the wall. hammer something + adj. He was hammering the sheet of copper flat.
  2. hit many times
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to hit something hard many times, especially so that it makes a loud noise synonym pound Someone was hammering at the door. Hail was hammering down onto the roof. (figurative) I was so scared my heart was hammering (= beating very fast) in my chest. hammer something He hammered the door with his fists. Synonymsbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit somebody/​something many times, especially hard.beat to hit somebody/​something a lot of times, especially very hard:Someone was beating at the door. A young man was found beaten to death last night. At that time, children were often beaten for quite minor offences (= as a punishment).batter to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in way that causes serious injury or damage:He had been badly battered around the head and face. Severe winds have been battering the coast.pound to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof.lash to hit somebody/​something with a lot of force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea or waves.hammer to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered the door with his fists.pound or hammer? There is not much difference in meaning between these two, but to pound is sometimes a steadier action. To hammer can be more violent and it is often used figuratively.Patterns to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer somebody/​something with something to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer against something to beat/​batter/​pound/​hammer on something to beat/​batter/​hammer something down the rain/​wind/​sea beats/​batters/​pounds/​lashes (at) something
  4. kick/hit ball
  5. 3[transitive] hammer something (+ adv./prep.) (informal) to kick or hit a ball very hard He hammered the ball into the net.
  6. defeat easily
  7. 4[transitive] hammer somebody (informal) to defeat somebody very easily Our team was hammered 5–1.
  8. Word Origin Old English hamor, hamer, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch hamer, German Hammer, and Old Norse hamarr ‘rock’. The original sense was probably ‘stone tool’.Extra examples The swords are then hammered into shape. Eastern counties were brutally hammered by the weekend flooding. Hailstones were hammering down onto the roof. I was so scared my heart was hammering in my chest. Phrasal Verbshammer away at somethinghammer somethinghomehammer something into somebodyhammer out something
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