KJV Dictionary Definition: anvil


AN'VIL, n. The Latin word incus, incudis,is formed by a like analogy fromin and cudo, to hammer, or shape.

An iron block with a smooth face, on which smiths hammer and shape their work.

Figuratively, any thing on which blows are laid.

To be on the anvil, is to be in a state of discussion, formation or preparation; as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured. This figure bears an analogy to that is discussion, a shaking or beating.