|1.||a heavy iron or steel block on which metals are hammered during forging|
|2.||any part having a similar shape or function, such as the lower part of a telegraph key|
|3.||the fixed jaw of a measurement device against which the piece to be measured is held|
|4.||anatomy the nontechnical name for incus|
|[Old English anfealt; related to Old High German anafalz, Middle Dutch anvilte; see |
anvil an·vil (ān'vĭl)
the rendering of the Hebrew word , "beaten," found only in Isa. 41:7.