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.
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How to use anvil in a sentence
These clouds feature pouch-like appendages that sometimes hang beneath the anvil of intense thunderstorms.D.C. braces for second night of storms after deadly lightning strike | Jason Samenow, Jeffrey Halverson | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
Researchers aren’t just making superionic ice to play with diamond anvils.Strange, dark, and hot ice could explain Uranus and Neptune’s wonky magnetic fields | Rahul Rao | October 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Earlier this year they predicted the conditions under which one metal that might have formed between the diamond anvils should superconduct, and they found different behavior.
Add too much, and the sample will act too much like metallic hydrogen, metalizing only at pressures that will crack your diamond anvil.
Progress took off in the 2000s, when supercomputer simulations let theorists predict the properties of various hydrides, and the widespread use of compact diamond anvils let experimentalists squeeze the most promising candidates to test their mettle.
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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’ | Jimmy So | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Andrew Romano | September 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Where were you when the coalition hammer delivered Operation Noble anvil?Don’t Call It a Frum-Back: What’s Changed After Three Months Away | David Frum | September 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Eleanor Clift | May 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His tombstone in the churchyard consists of an anvil and hammer, wrought in stone.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
We readily recognise the fact that when a hammer falls often on an anvil it heats itself and the metal on which it strikes.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The next moment Tom's hammer was making lively music upon his anvil, and Eddie was again on his way to school.Harper's Young People, November 30, 1880 | Various
A few minutes after the blacksmith left me, I heard the hammer sounding upon the anvil in one of the caverns below.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
In accompaniment, some one was beating softly on the anvil, and the bellows were blowing rhythmically.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for anvil
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
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