- 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.
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- 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: Middle English anvelt ; from Old English anfilt ; from an, on plush an unverified form filtan, to hit, beat ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to beat from source (im)pel, felt
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- 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: Middle English anfilt, from Old English; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
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.
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anvil - Medical Definition