Meaning of anvil

an•vil

Pronunciation: (an'vil), [key]
— n.
  1. a heavy iron block with a smooth face, frequently of steel, on which metals, usually heated until soft, are hammered into desired shapes.
  2. anything having a similar form or use.
  3. the fixed jaw in certain measuring instruments.
  4. Also calledincus (def. 2).
  5. a musical percussion instrument having steel bars that are struck with a wooden or metal beater.
  6. incus (def. 1).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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