a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes
A heavy iron block used in the blacksmithing trade as a surface upon which metal can be struck and shaped.
An incus bone in the inner ear.
Origin: anfilt, anvelt, from late anfilte, anfealt, from earlier onfilti, from anafeltaz (compare Middle Dutch anvilte, Low German , , Old High German anafalz), compound of ‘on’ + (compare German falzen, dialect filta ‘to beat'), from pelhₐ-t- ‘shaken, beaten’ (compare Irish lethar, pulto, pulso, ‘to toss, brandish’), enlargement of - ‘to stir, move’. More at felon.
an iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped
anything resembling an anvil in shape or use
the incus. See Incus
to form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor
Origin: [OE. anvelt, anfelt, anefelt, AS. anfilt, onfilt; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. anafalz, D. aanbeld.]
An anvil is a basic tool, a block with a hard surface on which another object is struck. The block is as massive as is practical, because the higher the inertia of the anvil, the more efficiently it causes the energy of the striking tool to be transferred to the work piece. In most cases the anvil is used as a forging tool. Before the advent of modern welding technology, it was a primary tool of metal workers. The great majority of modern anvils are made from steel, though other types exist. Because anvils are very ancient tools and were at one time very commonplace, they have acquired symbolic meaning beyond their use as utilitarian objects. The principle of the anvil also is of particular interest in biology and in ethology; the anvil being in principle one of the most basic forms of tool, its application occurs particularly widely in living organisms.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an′vil, n. an iron block on which smiths hammer metal into shape.—On or Upon the anvil, in preparation, under discussion. [A.S. anfilte, on filte; on, on, and a supposed filtan, to weld, appearing also in Felt.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
An intermittent contact, or "make and break" of the current is sometimes produced by directly pressing a key down upon a metallic surface, the two being terminals of the circuit. The surface or stud on which such pressure is produced is called the anvil. The ordinary telegraph key, which makes a contact by the pressure of the operator's fingers does it by making a contact between a contact piece upon the front end of the key and the anvil. In the induction coil the anvil is also found. Thus in the cut representing the end of an induction coil and its circuit breaker in which O and O' and P and P' represent the secondary circuit terminal connections A is the core of soft iron wires, h is the anvil; the hammer when resting upon it so as to be in contact closes the circuit. When the current coming from the primary to the post i, passes through the hammer and anvil h, and emerges by m, it magnetizes the core; this attracts the hammer, which is made of or is armed with a mass of iron. This breaks the circuit. The hammer falls at once on the anvil, again making the circuit, and the action is repeated with great rapidity. Hammer and anvil or key and anvil connections should be made of platinum. Fig. 17. INDUCTION COIL CIRCUIT BREAKER.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The massive block of iron on which armourers hammer forge-work. It is also an archaism for the handle or hilt of a sword: thus Coriolanus-- "Here I clip The anvil of my sword." It is moreover a little narrow flag at the end of a lance.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
An archaism for the handle or hilt of a sword. Also, a little narrow flag at the end of a lance.
The resisting cone, plate, or bar against which the fulminate in a metallic cartridge is exploded. See Primer.
A block of a type of metal with an even flat top on which metals are shaped.
Blacksmiths and Farriers use an anvil to forge and shape metal on.Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2017
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The numerical value of anvil in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of anvil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of anvil in a Sentence
The anvil fears no blows.
The anvil never takes advice from the hammer.
When I am at my anvil, it is exactly where I want to be.
Hammer the iron that lies on your anvil instead of daydreaming about working silver.
It’s this whole trust and credibility issue. It’s become an anvil in her campaign.
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- incus, aambeeldAfrikaans
- enclusaCatalan, Valencian
- bigornia, yunqueSpanish
- incus, enclumeFrench
- 砧骨, 金床Japanese
- გრდემლის ძვალი, გრდემლიGeorgian
- andas, landasan, paronMalay
- aambeeld, aanbeeld, aambeeldsbeentje, aanbeeldsbeentjeDutch
- ambolt, steNorwegian
- ਅਹਰਣPanjabi, Punjabi
- kowadło, kowadełkoPolish
- mazza, inchüna, anchüna, mass, massaRomansh
- nicovală, ilăuRomanian
- incúdina, incúdine, alcútina, ancódina, incódina, incódine, incútineSardinian
- cái đeVietnamese
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