- a heavy iron block with a smooth face, frequently of steel, on which metals, usually heated until soft, are hammered into desired shapes.
- anything having a similar form or use.
- the fixed jaw in certain measuring instruments.
- Also called anvil cloud, anvil top. Meteorology. incus(def 2).
- a musical percussion instrument having steel bars that are struck with a wooden or metal beater.
- Anatomy. incus(def 1).
Origin of anvil
Examples from the Web for anvil
INSIDER TIP: Anvil is not for the faint of wallet: fresh ingredients set imbibers back $8-$12 per cocktail.Foodie Heaven in Houston
July 10, 2014
Murmelstein was stuck with a thankless and impossible job, caught between the hammer and the anvil, as he tells us.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’
February 7, 2014
He seems relieved—like an anvil has been lifted from his shoulders—and so are we.'Breaking Bad's' Series Finale Cements Its Status As One of the All-Time Greats
September 30, 2013
If we had these rules, everybody would have known what was going on at JPMorgan Chase long before the anvil dropped on their head.Barney Frank on JPMorgan’s Contradictions, Mitt Romney’s Mistakes
May 26, 2012
But the popularity of the league is absolutely irrelevant anyway in terms of race: It still hovers like an anvil.March Madness Race Wars and Jimmer Fredette
March 22, 2011
He sat down on the anvil with his heart beating, and began to recall the picture.Way of the Lawless
My heart was pounding until in my own ears it sounded like an anvil chorus.The Bacillus of Beauty
He was a real sleight-of-hand man, and the anvil was his orchestra.In the Midst of Alarms
In the middle of this chamber, two smiths, with hammers, stood beside an anvil.Barnaby Rudge
Rotha could hear the thick breathing of the bellows and the thin tinkle of the anvil.The Shadow of a Crime
- a heavy iron or steel block on which metals are hammered during forging
- any part having a similar shape or function, such as the lower part of a telegraph key
- the fixed jaw of a measurement device against which the piece to be measured is held
- anatomy the nontechnical name for incus
Word Origin and History for anvil
Old English anfilt, a West Germanic compound (cf. Middle Dutch anvilt, Old High German anafalz, Dutch aanbeeld, Danish ambolt "anvil") from *ana- "on" + *filtan "hit" (see felt (n.)). The ear bone so called from 1680s. Anvil Chorus is based on the "Gypsy Song" that opens Act II of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore," first performed in Teatro Apollo, Rome, Jan. 19, 1853.