anvil

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noun an·vil \ˈan-vəl\

Definition of anvil

  1. 1 :  a heavy usually steel-faced iron block on which metal is shaped (as by hand hammering)

  2. 2 :  incus

  3. 3 :  the anvil–shaped top of a cumulonimbus

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Origin and Etymology 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

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ANVIL Defined for English Language Learners

anvil

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Definition of anvil for English Language Learners

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


ANVIL Defined for Kids

anvil

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noun an·vil \ˈan-vəl\

Definition of anvil for Students

  1. :  an iron block on which pieces of metal are hammered into shape


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anvil

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noun an·vil \ˈan-vəl\

Medical Definition of anvil

  1. :  incus


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