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
Violent cartoons where coyotes would drop anvils from red stone desert cliffs on innocent passing roadrunners.
Also there were hammers and anvils and soldering irons and a charcoal furnace and many other tools such as a tinsmith works with.The Tin Woodman of Oz | L. Frank Baum
It is better to begin with a few anvils and tools and to add one or two at a time as the need is felt for a more varied supply.Copper Work | Augustus F. Rose
Tiny hammers pattered on miniature anvils in a tinkling, jingling chorus of musical clinks and taps.The Door Through Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
Thus has poor mortality been beaten and shapen on the anvils of compulsion and exigency.Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy
There were eight splitters and fencers, besides Charley Anvils, the blacksmith, and two bullock drivers.
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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