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. See Care.

(Anx"ious) a. [L. anxius, fr. angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke. See Anger.]

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.

Ant thrush
(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 Ant.

(||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. aanbeld.]

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.

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