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peen

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noun

a wedgelike, spherical, or other striking end of a hammer head opposite the face.

verb (used with object)

to enlarge, straighten, or smooth with a peen.
to strengthen (a metal surface) by light hammering or by bombardment with steel balls or shot.

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Origin of peen

1505–15; earlier pen<Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian pen (noun) in same sense (perhaps <German Pinne peen). See pin
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British Dictionary definitions for peen

peen
/ (piːn) /

noun

the end of a hammer head opposite the striking face, often rounded or wedge-shaped

verb

(tr) to strike with the peen of a hammer or with a stream of metal shot in order to bend or shape (a sheet of metal)

Word Origin for peen

C17: variant of pane, perhaps from French panne, ultimately from Latin pinna point
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