Anvil cloud

a heavy iron block with a smooth face, frequently of steel, on which metals, usually heated until soft, are hammered into desired shapes.
anything having a similar form or use.
the fixed jaw in certain measuring instruments.
Also called anvil cloud, anvil top. Meteorology, (def 2).
a musical percussion instrument having steel bars that are struck with a wooden or metal beater.
Anatomy, (def 1).
Anatomy. the middle one of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of humans and other mammals.
Compare , .
Also called anvil, anvil cloud, anvil top, thunderhead. the spreading, anvil-shaped, upper portion of a mature cumulonimbus cloud, smooth or slightly fibrous in appearance.
a heavy iron or steel block on which metals are hammered during forging
any part having a similar shape or function, such as the lower part of a telegraph key
the fixed jaw of a measurement device against which the piece to be measured is held
(anatomy) the nontechnical name for incus
noun (pl) incudes (ɪnˈkjuːdiːz)
the central of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammals Nontechnical name anvil Compare malleus, stapes

Old English anfilt, a West Germanic compound (cf. Middle Dutch anvilt, Old High German anafalz, Dutch aanbeeld, Danish ambolt “anvil”) from *ana- “on” + *filtan “hit” (see felt (n.)). The ear bone so called from 1680s. Anvil Chorus is based on the “Gypsy Song” that opens Act II of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore,” first performed in Teatro Apollo, Rome, Jan. 19, 1853.

ear bone, 1660s, from Latin incus “anvil,” from incudere “to forge with a hammer.” So called by Belgian anatomist Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564).

incus in·cus (ĭng’kəs)
n. pl. in·cu·des (ĭng-kyōō’dēz)
The middle of the three ossicles in the middle ear, located between the malleus and the stapes and composed of a body and two limbs. Also called anvil.

anvil an·vil (ān’vĭl)
See incus.
Plural incudes (ĭng-ky’dēz)

The anvil-shaped bone (ossicle) that lies between the malleus and the stapes in the middle ear.

The elongated, often anvil-shaped upper portion of a fully developed cumulonimbus cloud; a thunderhead.

the rendering of the Hebrew word , “beaten,” found only in Isa. 41:7.


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