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


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


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.



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An"vil, v. t.

To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor.

Beau. & Fl.


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