noun \ˈan-vəl\

: a heavy iron block on which heated metal is shaped by hitting it with a hammer

Full Definition of ANVIL

:  a heavy usually steel-faced iron block on which metal is shaped (as by hand hammering)
:  incus
:  the anvil–shaped top of a cumulonimbus

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Origin of ANVIL

Middle English anfilt, from Old English; akin to Old High German anafalz anvil; akin to Latin pellere to beat — more at felt
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang


noun \ˈan-vəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANVIL


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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.


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