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1. a tool resembling a hammer but having a large head of wood, copper, lead, leather, etc., used for driving chisels, beating sheet metal, etc.
2. a long stick with a head like a hammer used to strike the ball in croquet or polo
3. Chiefly US a very large powerful steam locomotive with a conventional boiler but with two separate articulated engine units
An implement with a barrel-shaped head made of wood, rubber, or other soft material; used for driving another tool, such as a chisel, or for striking a surface without causing damage.
A short-handled wooden hammer, used by carpenters, stonecutters, etc., chiefly for driving another tool, as a chisel; the head may be of a soft material such as plastic.