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Definition of "anvil" []

  • A heavy block of iron or steel with a smooth, flat top on which metals are shaped by hammering. (noun)
  • Something resembling an anvil, as in shape or function. (noun)
  • The fixed jaw in a set of calipers against which an object to be measured is placed. (noun)
  • Anatomy See incus. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anvil" in a sentence
  • "In lieu of Baum’s timeless story, the bulk of the movie finds the star in anvil-subtle slapstick situations: getting stung in the rear by animated bees, being spit upon by a duck, falling down a hole, not realizing the phony Cowardly Lion was replaced by a real beast, etc."
  • "April 14th, 2006 at 7: 59 pm banana says: anvil is an example of why i’m not into organized religion. it’s a bunch of B.S. lies to control your actions anyway. these wacked out christians are no different than the wacked out muslims who believe in the lies told them about the 70 virgins. just look at eric rudolph."
  • "Bush and Rummy have been telling us it’s a war against terror – are they lying to us again anvil?"