What does the word anvil mean?

Usage examples for anvil

  1. Madelinette fell fainting against the anvil, and, dazed and trembling, Elise hurried to her. – When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
  2. Shall the hammers cease to strike because the anvil cries out? – Morocco by S.L. Bensusan