from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy block of iron or steel with a smooth, flat top on which metals are shaped by hammering.
- n. Something resembling an anvil, as in shape or function.
- n. The fixed jaw in a set of calipers against which an object to be measured is placed.
- n. Anatomy See incus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heavy iron block used in the blacksmithing trade as a surface upon which metal can be struck and shaped.
- n. An incus bone in the inner ear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped.
- n. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use.
- transitive v. To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An iron block with a smooth face, usually of steel, on which metals are hammered and shaped.
- n. Figuratively, anything on which blows are struck.
- n. In anatomy, one of the small bones of the ear, the incus (which see). See cuts under ear and tympanic.
- n. In firearms, the resisting cone, plate, or bar against which the fulminate in a metallic cartridge is exploded. Wilhelm, Mil. Dict.
- n. Milit., a small pennon on the end of a lance.
- To form or shape on an anvil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
- n. the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes
Middle English anfilt, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English anfilt, anvelt, from late Old English anfilte, anfealt, from earlier onfilti, from Proto-Germanic *anafeltaz (compare Middle Dutch anvilte, Low German Anfilts, Anefilt, Old High German anafalz), compound of *ana (“on”) + *feltaz (“beaten”) (compare German falzen ("to groove, fold, welt"), Swedish dialect filta ‘to beat'), from Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂-t- (“shaken, beaten”) (compare Irish lethar ("leather"), Latin pultō, pulsō ("to beat, strike"), Ancient Greek pállein ‘to toss, brandish’), enlargement of *pelh₂- (“to stir, move”). More at felon. (Wiktionary)