(Ant" thrush`) (Zoöl.) (a) One of several species of tropical birds, of the Old World, of the
genus Pitta, somewhat resembling the thrushes, and feeding chiefly on ants. (b) See Ant bird, under
(||A*nu"bis) n. [L.] (Myth.) An Egyptian deity, the conductor of departed spirits, represented by
a human figure with the head of a dog or fox.
(||A*nu"ra) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. 'an priv. + o'yra` a tail.] (Zoöl.) One of the orders of amphibians
characterized by the absence of a tail, as the frogs and toads. [Written also anoura.]
(A*nu"rous) a. (Zoöl.) Destitute of a tail, as the frogs and toads. [Also written anourous.]
(An"u*ry) n. [Gr. 'an priv. + o'y^ron urine.] (Med.) Nonsecretion or defective secretion of urine; ischury.
(||A"nus) n. [L., prob. for asnus: cf. Gr. to sit, Skr. as.] (Anat.) The posterior opening of the
alimentary canal, through which the excrements are expelled.
(An"vil) n. [OE. anvelt, anfelt, anefelt, AS. anfilt, onfilt; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. anafalz, D.
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.
(An"vil), v. t. To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor. Beau. & Fl.
(Anx*i"e*tude) n. [L. anxietudo.] The state of being anxious; anxiety. [R.]
(Anx*i"e*ty) n.; pl. Anxieties [L. anxietas, fr. anxius: cf. F. anxiété. See Anxious.]
1. Concern or solicitude respecting some thing or event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind,
and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness.
2. Eager desire. J. D. Forbes
3. (Med.) A state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense
of oppression at the epigastrium. Dunglison.
Syn. Care; solicitude; foreboding; uneasiness; perplexity; disquietude; disquiet; trouble; apprehension; restlessness.
(Anx"ious) a. [L. anxius, fr. angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke.
1. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or
unknown; being in painful suspense; applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.
2. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; applied to things; as, anxious labor.
The sweet of life, from which
God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares.
3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform.