how to pronounce anvil


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the above transcription of anvil is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

anvil is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of anvil in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… hammer and anvil my making process is …”

meanings of anvil


  1. The non-moving surface of a micrometer against which the item to be measured is placed.
  2. A heavy iron block used in the blacksmithing trade as a surface upon which metal can be struck and shaped.
  3. An incus bone in the middle ear.
  4. A stone or other hard surface used by a bird for breaking the shells of snails.


  1. To fashion on an anvil (often used figuratively).

anvil frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word anvil occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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