A man using an anvil.
- An anvil is defined as a block made of iron and used as a surface on which to hammer heated metals into desired shapes.
An example of someone who might use an anvil is a blacksmith.
- The definition of an anvil is a non-moving portion of some tools used for measurement.
An example of a tool that has an anvil is a measuring gauge.
- an iron or steel block on which metal objects are hammered into shape
- the incus, one of the three bones of the middle ear
Origin of anvilMiddle English anvelt from Old English anfilt from an, on + an unverified form filtan, to hit, beat from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to beat from source (im)pel, felt
- a. A heavy block of iron or steel with a smooth, flat top on which metals are shaped by hammering.b. Something resembling an anvil, as in shape or function.
- The fixed jaw in a set of calipers against which an object to be measured is placed.
- Anatomy See incus.
Origin of anvilMiddle English anfilt from Old English; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
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 [script?] (pállein) ‘to toss, brandish’), enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂- (“to stir, move”). More at felon.
anvil - Computer Definition
A family of CADD/CAM software packages from MCS, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ (www.mcsaz.com). ANVIL products include 2D and 3D mechanical engineering systems for Windows. Founded in 1971, MCS was the first mechanical CAD company.