What does the word mallet mean?

Usage examples for mallet

  1. The work of fixing it in position- work performed as quietly as could be, so that the only sound was the occasional thud of a mallet- had just been finished; and the headsman's " valets" or assistants, in frock- coats and tall silk hats, were waiting and strolling about in a patient way. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  2. I felt as if somebody had hit me between the eyes with a mallet, for he was a man I had nursed for four or five years and brought him up to be a good customer. – Tales of the Road by Charles N. Crewdson
  3. Alexander led the way in person, with a mallet in one hand and a mattockin the other. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley