marteau

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from Old French marteaus, plural of martel, from Medieval Latin martellus.

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Noun[edit]

marteau m (plural marteaux)

  1. A hammer used for pounding.
  2. A machine tool working by pounding.
  3. A hammer-shaped tool used to hit thing, such as a gavel.
  4. A rapper; a door knocker.
  5. (music) A piano or dulcimer hammer.
  6. (anatomy) The malleus.
  7. (athletics) A throwing hammer.
  8. (technical) A hammer with bas relief marks used to imprint on wood, leather etc.
  9. (curling) Advantage of throwing the last stone.
  10. (clockmaking) A piece that strike the bell in a clock.

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Adjective[edit]

marteau (masculine and feminine, plural marteaux)

  1. (dated, informal) crazy; deranged

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