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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AN'VIL, n. [The Latin word incus, incudis,is formed by a like analogy fromin and cudo, to hammer, or shape.]
An iron block with a smooth face, on which smiths hammer and shape their work.
Figuratively, any thing on which blows are laid.
To be on the anvil, is to be in a state of discussion, formation or preparation; as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured. This figure bears an analogy to that is discussion, a shaking or beating.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
2: the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes [syn: incus, anvil]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English anfilt, from Old English; akin to Old High German anafalz anvil; akin to Latin pellere to beat more at felt Date: before 12th century 1. a heavy usually steel-faced iron block on which metal is shaped (as by hand hammering) 2. incus 3. the anvil-shaped top of a cumulonimbus

Britannica Concise

Iron block on which metal is placed for shaping, originally by hand with a hammer. The blacksmith's anvil is usually of wrought iron (sometimes of cast iron), with a smooth working surface of hardened steel. A projecting conical beak, or horn, at one end is used for hammering curved pieces of metal. When power hammers are used, the anvil is supported on a heavy block, which in turn rests on a strong foundation of timber and masonry or concrete. See also smithing.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a block (usu. of iron) with a flat top, concave sides, and often a pointed end, on which metals are worked in forging. 2 Anat. a bone of the ear; the incus. Etymology: OE anfilte etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Anvil An"vil, n. [OE. anvelt, anfelt, anefelt, AS. anfilt, onfilt; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. anafalz, D. aanbeld.] 1. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped. 2. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use. Specifically (Anat.), the incus. See Incus. To be on the anvil, to be in a state of discussion, formation, or preparation, as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured. --Swift.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Anvil An"vil, v. t. To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor. --Beau. & Fl.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(anvils) An anvil is a heavy iron block on which hot metals are beaten into shape. N-COUNT

Easton's Bible Dictionary

the rendering of the Hebrew word , "beaten," found only in Isa. 41:7.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

an'-vil (pa`am): The word is used only once to mean anvil. The passage (Isa 41:7) refers to the custom still very common of workmen encouraging each other at their work. See CRAFTS. Just how pretentious the anvil of the ancients was we do not know. Most work requiring striking or beating, from the finest wrought jewelry to the largest copper vessels, is now done on an anvil shaped like an inverted letter L which is driven into a block of wood, or into the ground, or into a crack between two of the stone slabs of the workman's floor. The only massive anvils seen in the country today are modern and of foreign make.

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