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Mantle

[man-tl] /ˈmæn tl/
noun
1.
Mickey (Charles) 1931–95, U.S. baseball player.
2.
(Robert) Burns, 1873–1948, U.S. journalist.
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British Dictionary definitions for m c mantle

mantle

/ˈmæntəl/
noun
1.
(archaic) a loose wrap or cloak
2.
such a garment regarded as a symbol of someone's power or authority he assumed his father's mantle
3.
anything that covers completely or envelops a mantle of snow
4.
a small dome-shaped or cylindrical mesh impregnated with cerium or thorium nitrates, used to increase illumination in a gas or oil lamp
5.
(zoology) Also called pallium
  1. a protective layer of epidermis in molluscs that secretes a substance forming the shell
  2. a similar structure in brachiopods
6.
(ornithol) the feathers of the folded wings and back, esp when these are of a different colour from the remaining feathers
7.
(geology) the part of the earth between the crust and the core, accounting for more than 82% of the earth's volume (but only 68% of its mass) and thought to be composed largely of peridotite See also asthenosphere
8.
a less common spelling of mantel
9.
(anatomy) another word for pallium (sense 3)
10.
a clay mould formed around a wax model which is subsequently melted out
verb
11.
(transitive) to envelop or supply with a mantle
12.
to spread over or become spread over the trees were mantled with snow
13.
(transitive) (of the face, cheeks) to become suffused with blood; flush
14.
(intransitive) (falconry) (of a hawk or falcon) to spread the wings and tail over food
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin mantellum, diminutive of mantum cloak
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Word Origin and History for m c mantle
mantle
O.E. mentel "loose, sleeveless cloak," from L. mantellum "cloak," perhaps from a Celtic source. Reinforced and altered 12c. by O.Fr. mantel (Fr. manteau), from the L. source. Allusive use for "symbol of literary authority or artistic pre-eminence" is from Elijah's mantle [2 Kings ii.13]. As a layer of the earth between the crust and core (though not originally distinguished from the core) it is attested from 1940. The verb meaning "to wrap as in a mantle" is attested from mid-15c.
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m c mantle in Medicine

mantle man·tle (mān'tl)
n.

  1. A covering layer of tissue.

  2. See pallium.

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m c mantle in Science
mantle
  (mān'tl)   
  1. The layer of the Earth between the crust and the core. It is about 2,900 km (1,798 mi) thick and consists mainly of magnesium-iron silicate minerals, such as olivine and pyroxene. It has an upper, partially molten part, which is about 660 km (409 mi) thick, and a lower, solid part. The upper mantle is the source of magma and volcanic lava.

  2. The layer of soft tissue that covers the body of a clam, oyster, or other mollusk and secretes the material that forms the shell.


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m c mantle in Culture

mantle definition


The region of the interior of the Earth between the core (on its inner surface) and the crust (on its outer).

Note: The mantle is more than two thousand miles thick and accounts for more than three-quarters of the volume of the Earth.
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m c mantle in the Bible

(1.) Heb. 'addereth, a large over-garment. This word is used of Elijah's mantle (1 Kings 19:13, 19; 2 Kings 2:8, 13, etc.), which was probably a sheepskin. It appears to have been his only garment, a strip of skin or leather binding it to his loins. _'Addereth_ twice occurs with the epithet "hairy" (Gen. 25:25; Zech. 13:4, R.V.). It is the word denoting the "goodly Babylonish garment" which Achan coveted (Josh. 7:21). (2.) Heb. me'il, frequently applied to the "robe of the ephod" (Ex. 28:4, 31; Lev. 8:7), which was a splendid under tunic wholly of blue, reaching to below the knees. It was woven without seam, and was put on by being drawn over the head. It was worn not only by priests but by kings (1 Sam. 24:4), prophets (15:27), and rich men (Job 1:20; 2:12). This was the "little coat" which Samuel's mother brought to him from year to year to Shiloh (1 Sam. 2:19), a miniature of the official priestly robe. (3.) Semikah, "a rug," the garment which Jael threw as a covering over Sisera (Judg. 4:18). The Hebrew word occurs nowhere else in Scripture. (4.) Maataphoth, plural, only in Isa. 3:22, denoting a large exterior tunic worn by females. (See DRESS.)

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Encyclopedia Article for m c mantle

mantle

cloak fashioned from a rectangular piece of cloth, usually sleeveless, of varying width and length, wrapped loosely around the body. Usually worn as an outer garment in the ancient Mediterranean world, it developed in different styles, colours, and materials. The Greek chlamys (worn only by men) was a short mantle draped around the upper shoulders, pinned on the right shoulder with a brooch. It left the right arm free and was often used by travellers and military men. The Greek himation, draped in various ways, was a larger Greek mantle

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