Definitions of anvil

  1. To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. the incus. See Incus. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A block, usually of iron faced with steel, on which metals are hammered and shaped. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Iron block on which metals are hammered. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A heavy block of iron or steel on which metal may be forged. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. An iron block on which smiths hammer and shape their work; anything on which blows are laid. To be on the anvil, to be in a state of discussion, formation, or preparation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. An iron block with a smooth face and a horn, on which smiths shape their work. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for anvil

  1. The weather was still favourable, the ground ringing under her feet like an anvil – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  2. A knee, like an anvil pushed inexorably into his stomach and heart and lungs. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman