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Definition of Anvil


  1. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped.
  2. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use.
  3. the incus. See Incus.
  4. To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor.

Anvil Quotations

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Charles R. Swindoll

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
Henry Ward Beecher

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.
Thomas Malory

The first time I saw nitroglycerine was in the beginning of the Crimean War. Professor Zinin in St. Petersburg exhibited some to my father and me, and struck some on an anvil to show that only the part touched by the hammer exploded without spreading.
Alfred Nobel
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Anvil Translations

anvil in Afrikaans is aambeeld
anvil in Danish is ambolt
anvil in Dutch is aambeeld, aanbeeld
anvil in French is enclume
anvil in Norwegian is ambolt
anvil in Portuguese is batente
anvil in Spanish is yunque
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