Top hamper(Naut.), unnecessary spars and rigging kept aloft.

(Ham"shac`kle) v. t. [Ham + shackle.] To fasten (an animal) by a rope binding the head to one of the fore legs; as, to hamshackle a horse or cow; hence, to bind or restrain; to curb.

(Ham"ster) n. [G. hamster.] (Zoöl.) A small European rodent It is remarkable for having a pouch on each side of the jaw, under the skin, and for its migrations.

(Ham"string`) n. (Anat.) One of the great tendons situated in each side of the ham, or space back of the knee, and connected with the muscles of the back of the thigh.

(Ham"string`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hamstrung; p. pr. & vb. n. Hamstringing. See String.] To lame or disable by cutting the tendons of the ham or knee; to hough; hence, to cripple; to incapacitate; to disable.

So have they hamstrung the valor of the subject by seeking to effeminate us all at home.

(Ham"u*lar) a. Hooked; hooklike; hamate; as, the hamular process of the sphenoid bone.

(Ham"u*late) a. Furnished with a small hook; hook-shaped. Gray.

(Ham"ule) n. [L. hamulus.] A little hook.

(Ham"u*lose`) a. [L. hamulus, dim. of hamus a hook.] Bearing a small hook at the end. Gray.

(||Ham"u*lus) n.; pl. Hamuli [L., a little hook.]

1. (Anat.) A hook, or hooklike process.

2. (Zoöl.) A hooked barbicel of a feather.

(Han) contr. inf. & plural pres. of Haven. To have; have. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.

Him thanken all, and thus they han an end.

(Han"ap) n. [F. hanap. See Hanaper.] A rich goblet, esp. one used on state occasions. [Obs.]

(Han"a*per) n. [LL. hanaperium a large vase, fr. hanapus vase, bowl, cup (whence F. hanap); of German origin; cf. OHG. hnapf, G. napf, akin to AS. hnæp cup, bowl. Cf. Hamper, Nappy, n.] A kind of basket, usually of wickerwork, and adapted for the packing and carrying of articles; a hamper.

(Ham"per), v. t. [OE. hamperen, hampren, prob. of the same origin as E. hamble.] To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; to entangle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber. "Hampered nerves." Blackmore.

A lion hampered in a net.

They hamper and entangle our souls.

(Ham"per), n. [See Hamper to shackle.]

1. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. W. Browne.

2. (Naut.) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

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