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. Specifically (Anat.),
the incus. See Incus. 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.
To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor. Beau. & Fl.