water hammer

wa·ter ham·mer
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er ham-er]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈhæm ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er ham-er]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈhæm ər/

Definitions of water hammer words

  • noun water hammer the concussion and accompanying noise that result when a volume of water moving in a pipe suddenly stops or loses momentum. 1
  • noun water hammer a sharp concussion produced when the flow of water in a pipe is suddenly blocked 0
  • noun water hammer the hammering sound caused in a pipe containing water when live steam is passed through it 0
  • noun water hammer the thump of water in a pipe, caused by an air lock, when a faucet is suddenly closed 0
  • noun water hammer (Uncountable Noun) A surge of pressure in a pipe carrying a fluid; especially the banging sound in a steam or hot water pipe caused by bubbles of air, or by an abrupt alteration of the flow. 0
  • noun water hammer (Countable Noun) (historical) A metal hammer used when heated, as by dipping in hot water, to blister the skin, as for counterirritation. 0

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Origin of water hammer

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
First recorded in 1795-1805

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water hammer popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

water hammer usage trend in Literature

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