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(Ham"mer-beam`) n. (Gothic Arch.) A member of one description of roof truss, called
hammer-beam truss, which is so framed as not to have a tiebeam at the top of the wall. Each principal
has two hammer-beams, which occupy the situation, and to some extent serve the purpose, of a tiebeam.
(Ham"mer*cloth`) n. [Prob. fr. D. hemel heaven, canopy, tester (akin to G. himmel, and
perh. also to E. heaven) + E. cloth; or perh. a corruption of hamper cloth.] The cloth which covers a
(Ham"mer-dressed`) a. Having the surface roughly shaped or faced with the stonecutter's
hammer; said of building stone.
(Ham"mer*er) n. One who works with a hammer.
(Ham"mer-hard`en) v. t. To harden, as a metal, by hammering it in the cold state.
1. (Zoöl.) A shark of the genus Sphyrna or Zygæna, having the eyes set on projections from the sides
of the head, which gives it a hammer shape. The Sphyrna zygæna is found in the North Atlantic. Called
also hammer fish, and balance fish.
2. (Zoöl.) A fresh-water fish; the stone-roller.
3. (Zoöl.) An African fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus); so called from its large blunt nozzle.
(Ham"mer*kop) n. (Zoöl.) A bird of the Heron family; the umber.
(Ham"mer-less), a. (Firearms) Without a visible hammer; said of a gun having a cock
or striker concealed from sight, and out of the way of an accidental touch.
(Ham"mer*man) n.; pl. Hammermen A hammerer; a forgeman.
(||Ham`mo*chry"sos) n. [L., fr. Gr. "ammo`chrysos; "a`mmos, 'a`mmos, sand + chryso`s
gold.] A stone with spangles of gold color in it.
(Ham"mock) n. [A word of Indian origin: cf. Sp. hamaca. Columbus, in the Narrative of his
first voyage, says: "A great many Indians in canoes came to the ship to-day for the purpose of bartering
their cotton, and hamacas, or nets, in which they sleep."]
1. A swinging couch or bed, usually made of netting or canvas about six feet long and three feet wide,
suspended by clews or cords at the ends.
2. A piece of land thickly wooded, and usually covered with bushes and vines. Used also adjectively; as,
hammock land. [Southern U. S.] Bartlett.
Hammock nettings (Naut.), formerly, nets for stowing hammocks; now, more often, wooden boxes or a
trough on the rail, used for that purpose.
(Ha*mose" Ha"mous) [L. hamus hook.] (Bot.) Having the end hooked or curved.
(Ham"per) n. [Contr. fr. hanaper.] A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing
and carrying of articles; as, a hamper of wine; a clothes hamper; an oyster hamper, which contains two
(Ham"per), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hampered (-perd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hampering.] To put in a