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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Anvil \An"vil\, n. [OE. anvelt, anfelt, anefelt, AS. anfilt,
     onfilt; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. anafalz, D. aanbeld.]
     1. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which
        metals are hammered and shaped.
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     2. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use. Specifically
        (Anat.), the incus. See {Incus}.
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     {To be on the anvil}, to be in a state of discussion,
        formation, or preparation, as when a scheme or measure is
        forming, but not matured. --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Anvil \An"vil\, v. t.
     To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled
     armor. --Beau. & Fl.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are
            shaped by hammering
       2: the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes [syn: {incus}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  57 Moby Thesaurus words for "anvil":
     Eustachian tube, alembic, auditory apparatus, auditory canal,
     auditory meatus, auditory nerve, auditory ossicles, auditory tube,
     auricle, basilar membrane, bony labyrinth, caldron,
     cauliflower ear, cochlea, conch, concha, crucible, drumhead, ear,
     ear lobe, eardrum, endolymph, engine, external ear, hammer, incus,
     inner ear, lathe, lobe, lobule, lug, machine, malleus,
     mastoid process, melting pot, middle ear, mortar, motor,
     organ of Corti, outer ear, oval window, perilymph, pinna, retort,
     round window, secondary eardrum, semicircular canals, shell,
     stapes, stirrup, test tube, transducer, transformer,
     tympanic cavity, tympanic membrane, tympanum, vestibule

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:

     the rendering of the Hebrew word , "beaten," found only in Isa.

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