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mangle1

[mang-guh l] /ˈmæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
1.
to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing:
The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
2.
to spoil; ruin; mar badly:
to mangle a text by careless typesetting.
Origin of mangle1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French mangler, perhaps dissimilated variant of Old French mangonner to mangle; akin to mangonel
Related forms
mangler, noun
Synonyms
1. See maim. 2. deface; destroy.

mangle2

[mang-guh l] /ˈmæŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
2.
to smooth or press with a mangle.
3.
Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.
Origin
1765-75; < Dutch mangelLate Latin manganum. See mangonel
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  • I could not give up the ancestral home to her, to mar and mangle and destroy.

    The American Baron James De Mille
  • We do not speak of such expressions as, Has your mother sold her mangle?

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • Her means of support, a mangle, stood in the little room in which she had lived since she had raised herself up again.

  • Must they mangle the corpse when they have extinguished life?

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • But I have not finished my story, and if you interrupt me again I shall turn the mangle instead of talking to you.

    The Little Missis Charlotte Skinner
  • But would you say it long I mean the way that it came out of the mangle?

    Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll
  • The windows are smashed in, woodwork and all, and the only thing untouched in the place is a mangle in the kitchen.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • “Look at the way they mangle their metaphors,” Nancy complained to Betty.

    Outside Inn Ethel M. Kelley
  • Mrs. Hardy thought for a minute, and then said, ‘I should think that the mangle would do it.’

    Out on the Pampas G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for mangle

mangle1

/ˈmæŋɡəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
2.
to ruin, spoil, or mar
Derived Forms
mangler, noun
mangled, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Norman French mangler, probably from Old French mahaignier to maim

mangle2

/ˈmæŋɡəl/
noun
1.
Also called wringer. a machine for pressing or drying wet textiles, clothes, etc, consisting of two heavy rollers between which the cloth is passed
verb (transitive)
2.
to press or dry in a mangle
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch mangel, ultimately from Late Latin manganum. See mangonel
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Word Origin and History for mangle
v.

"to mutilate," c.1400, from Anglo-French mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner "cut to pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with Old French mahaignier "to maim, mutilate, wound" (see maim). Meaning "to mispronounce (words), garble" is from 1530s. Related: Mangled; mangling.

n.

clothes-pressing machine, 1774, from Dutch mangel, apparently short for mangelstok, from stem of mangelen to mangle, from Middle Dutch mange, ultimately from root of mangonel.

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mangle in Technology


Used similarly to mung or scribble, but more violent in its connotations; something that is mangled has been irreversibly and totally trashed.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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