Definition of claw hammer in English:

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claw hammer

Pronunciation: /ˈklô ˌhamər/

noun

1A hammer with one side of the head split and curved, used for extracting nails.
Example sentences
  • They just do not do anything for me artistically speaking, being about as exciting as a claw hammer or a nail gun.
  • For instance, there's the double-claw hammer used by woodworkers and carpenters to pull up nails with more ease than a single claw hammer.
  • The daughter was using a claw hammer to do the job, and because the hammer was small and the ground was hard, the job was going very slowly.
2 (clawhammer) A style of banjo playing in which the thumb and fingers strum or pluck the strings in a downward motion.
Example sentences
  • That evolution includes picking up other instruments and styles, like the clawhammer banjo or fingerpicking guitar, all of which had plenty of time to develop in her newfound home.
  • You can hear great performers in a cabaretlike setting, or dabble in ukulele and clawhammer banjo lessons.
  • I got to listen to lots and lots of old-time music, folk stuff and old men singing ballads and playing clawhammer banjo and fiddle.

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Syllabification: claw ham·mer

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