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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He had an unshaven anvil chin, glittering eyes and a blonde-haired schoolteacher whose name was Maya.
▪ High-pressure researchers are now using the anvil and the cannon to search for signs of these internal changes.
▪ Like the cannon, the diamond anvil is used to mimic the extreme conditions inside the earth.
▪ Perched on the bench was the tiny instrument known as a diamond anvil.
▪ The fine steel blade is non-stick coated giving a precise anvil action.
▪ They caught the sparks that showered from my own tiny anvil and I failed to think it odd.
▪ Where flint waste is found there are usually hammer stones and perhaps a stone anvil.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anvil \An"vil\, n. [OE. anvelt, anfelt, anefelt, AS. anfilt, onfilt; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. anafalz, D. aanbeld.]

  1. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped.

  2. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use. Specifically (Anat.), the incus. See Incus.

    To be on the anvil, to be in a state of discussion, formation, or preparation, as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured.


Anvil \An"vil\, v. t. To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor.
--Beau. & Fl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English anfilt, a Proto-Germanic compound (cognates: 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.


n. 1 A heavy iron block used in the blacksmithing trade as a surface upon which metal can be struck and shaped. 2 (context skeleton English) An incus bone in the inner ear.

  1. n. a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering

  2. the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes [syn: incus]


An anvil is 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. On a quality anvil the smith's hammer should rebound with almost as much energy as the smith put into the downward stroke, making the smith's job easier. 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 of cast or forged steel that has been heat treated. Inexpensive anvils have been made of cast iron and low quality steel, but are considered unsuitable for serious use as they deform and lack rebound when struck.

Because anvils are very ancient tools and were at one time very commonplace, they have acquired symbolic meaning beyond their use as utilitarian objects.

Anvil (disambiguation)

An anvil is a tool used by metalworkers such as blacksmiths.

Anvil may also refer to:

  • Anvil (band), a heavy metal band
    • Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a 2008 documentary about the band
  • Anvil (bone), a bone in the ear
  • Anvil (insecticide), used against mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus
  • Anvil (pesticide), used against fleas and ticks
  • Anvil (game engine), a video game engine
  • Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a wrestler
  • Christopher Anvil (1925–2009), pseudonym of writer Harry C. Crosby
  • Anvil, Michigan, an unincorporated community, United States
  • Anvil, Ohio, an unincorporated community, United States
  • Anvil, Oklahoma, a ghost town, United States
  • Anvil Mining, a copper producer
  • Anvil Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Anvil Knitwear, a century-old brand acquired by Gildan Activewear in 2012
  • Anvil the Rhino, an Ace Lightning character
  • Anvil City, a former name of Nome, Alaska
  • Anvil cloud or anvil dome, part of many cumulonimbus clouds
  • Anvil, part of the military tactic hammer and anvil
  • Part of a stapler
Anvil (game engine)

Anvil (development project name Scimitar before 2006) is a game engine created in 2007 by Ubisoft Montreal video game developers for use on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Anvil (band)

Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals, guitar), Robb Reiner (drums) and Chris Robertson (bass). To date, the band has released sixteen studio albums, and has been cited as having influenced many notable heavy metal groups, including Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica.

The band, in particular Kudlow and Reiner, was the subject of the 2008 documentary film, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, directed by the screenwriter and former Anvil roadie, Sacha Gervasi. Upon its release, the film garnered critical acclaim from many major publications, and has since brought the band renewed recognition, including opening slots with AC/DC and Saxon. Appearances at both major heavy metal festivals, including Download, Loud Park and Hellfest, and independent music festivals like Bumbershoot and SXSW, also followed the release of the film. Reviewers described Anvil as a pioneering hair metal band that was popular in the 1980s but then faded into obscurity in the 1990s, while refusing to stop playing, recording and gigging. Anvil's antics on and off stage, the setbacks they suffered, and their determination to keep going was compared to the fictional band Spinal Tap.

Anvil (insecticide)

Anvil is an insecticide widely employed to combat West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease identified in approximately 10,000 residents of the United States from 1999-2006. It is sprayed in Chicago and many other cities. Sumithrin, a synthetic pyrethroid, is the main active ingredient.

Anvil is applied aerially via fixed-wing and rotary aircraft or via ground applications (truck/ ATV/backpack) using ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. According to the Anvil Technical Bulletin published in January 2006, these sprayers create a fine mist of drops that average 17 micrometres in size. A very small amount of active ingredient is used; about of active ingredient is used to treat (4.2 kg/km²).

The active ingredients in Anvil break down quickly in sunlight and do not bioaccumulate. There are no reentry precautions for Anvil.

Anvil has been tested in 43 field trials in the United States against 30 mosquito species.

Usage examples of "anvil".

Capustan shall be cleansed, Shield Anvil, though, alas, you will not live to see that glorious day.

Instead of walking to the back of the formation, Rutherford stepped to the side as an armorer brought up a portable forge and anvil.

The man was seated upon the ground holding a stone anvil between his feet, while with his hands he turned and chipped with great skill a spear-head he was making out of flint.

The Old Man began hammering a piece of hot metal on a great anvil, sparks fountaining from beneath his hammer as a waterfall of light.

If she was going to do some serious flint knapping, she needed an anvil, something to support the stone while she worked it.

Nubian -the eponymous smith - who, swinging high his hammer, was about to crush the noddle of a fallen enemy sprawled across the anvil.

Cruz groaned in agonizing pain as his eardrums exploded, the blow having separated the anvil where it joins the stirrup, disrupting the ossicular chain, and resulting in his sudden deafness.

Anvil peed copiously in the dust before he loped off in the same general direction.

English of old vaguely known as the Trumpa whale and the Physeter whale, and the Anvil Headed whale, is the present Cachalot of the French, and the Pottsfich of the Germans, and the Macrocephalus of the Long Words.

Shield Anvil round, in time to see Korbal Broach flying backwards from a backhanded blowdelivered by the Bonecaster Pran Chole.

The two walk into the smithy, where Rek is using the small anvil to forge nails.

A strange silence hung over the land, though houses stood undamaged, serene and peaceful, no smoke rose from the chimneys, no sound of horses stamping, children playing, hammers beating on anvils or the work-songs of women weaving or waulking their cloth.

The world might go withershins, but here was a cornerstone which could not be removed, an anvil which had worn out many hammers.

The pitted iron hardware deep lilac in color, smeltered in some bloomery in Cadiz or Bristol and beaten out on a blackened anvil, good to last three hundred years against the sea.

He knew that a treaty of this kind was actually upon the anvil between his Britannic majesty and the czarina, and he began to be apprehensive of seeing an army of Russians in the Netherlands.