from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long heavy hammer, often wielded with both hands, used for driving wedges and posts and for other heavy work.
- transitive v. To strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.
- adj. Ruthlessly severe; crushing: sledgehammer prosecutorial tactics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hammer that consists of a large, heavy, broad and flat block of metal (the head) attached to a handle typically 0.5 meter to 1 meter long. The sledgehammer's design is meant to allow it to be swung powerfully, and to distribute force over a wide area upon impact.
- v. To strike with a sledgehammer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
- v. beat with a sledgehammer
Middle English slegge (from Old English slecg) + hammer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sledge + hammer (Wiktionary)