Water hammer

Definition of Water hammer

Wa´ter ham´mer
1.(Physics) A vessel partly filled with water, exhausted of air, and hermetically sealed. When reversed or shaken, the water being unimpeded by air, strikes the sides in solid mass with a sound like that of a hammer.
2.A concussion, or blow, made by water in striking, as against the sides of a pipe or vessel containing it.
3.A metal hammer used when heated, as by dipping in hot water, to blister the skin, as for counterritation.

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bang, blast, clap, eruption, loud noise
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