• IPA: /ˈmælɪt/

mallet (plural mallets)

  1. A type of hammer with a larger-than-usual head made of wood, rubber or similar non-iron material, used by woodworkers for driving a tool, such as a chisel. A kind of maul.
    Carpenters use mallets for assembling.
    We used a mallet to drive the tent pegs into the ground.
  2. A weapon resembling the tool, but typically much larger.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 51:
      The Mallet of arms, according to the representation of it given by Father Daniel, exactly resembles the wooden instrument of that name, now in use, except in the length of the handle, it was like the hammer of arms, to be used with both hands, indeed it differed very little from that weapon in its form.
  3. A small hammer-like tool used for playing certain musical instruments.
  4. A light beetle with a long handle used in playing croquet.
  5. The stick used to strike the ball in the sport of polo.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: mazza da croquet
  • Russian: молото́к

mallet (mallets, present participle malleting; past and past participle malleted)

  1. (transitive) To beat or strike with a mallet.
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Pronunciation Noun

mallet (plural mallets)

  1. A type of articulated locomotive, in which there are two powered trucks, with the rear truck being rigidly attached to the main body and boiler of the locomotive, while the front powered truck is attached to the rear by a hinge, so that it may swing from side to side, and with the front end of the boiler resting upon a sliding bearing on the swinging front truck.
Proper noun
  1. (cryptography) Often the malicious party in examples of threat scenarios. See Alice and Bob.
    • 1994, Bruce Schneier, Applied Cryptography, ISBN 9780471597568, p. 44 ↗:
      Even if Alice and Bob's public keys are stored on a datavase, this attack will work. Mallet can intercept Alice's database inquiry, and substitute his own public key for Alice's. He can do the same to Bob.
    Synonyms: Mallory

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