triphammer

or trip ham·mer

[ trip-ham-er ]
/ ˈtrɪpˌhæm ər /

noun

Machinery. a heavy hammer raised and then let fall by means of some tripping device, as a cam.

adjective

of, resembling, or characteristic of the repetitive and forceful pounding of a triphammer: He was subjected to triphammer interrogation by the police detectives.

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Origin of triphammer

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; trip1 + hammer
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British Dictionary definitions for triphammer

triphammer
/ (ˈtrɪpˌhæmə) /

noun

a power hammer that is raised or tilted by a cam and allowed to fall under gravity
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