1 [mang-guhl]
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing: The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
to spoil; ruin; mar badly: to mangle a text by careless typesetting.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French mangler, perhaps dissimilated variant of Old French mangonner to mangle; akin to mangonel

mangler, noun

1. See maim. 2. deface; destroy. Unabridged


2 [mang-guhl]
a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
to smooth or press with a mangle.
Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.

1765–75; < Dutch mangelLate Latin manganum. See mangonel Unabridged
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mangle1 (ˈmæŋɡəl)
1.  to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
2.  to ruin, spoil, or mar
[C14: from Norman French mangler, probably from Old French mahaignier to maim]

mangle2 (ˈmæŋɡəl)
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
2.  to press or dry in a mangle
[C18: from Dutch mangel, ultimately from Late Latin manganum. See mangonel]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from Anglo-Fr. mangler, freq. of O.Fr. mangoner "cut to pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with O.Fr. mahaignier "to maim, mutilate, wound" (see maim). Meaning "to mispronounce (words), garble" is from 1530s. Related: Mangled.
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Computing Dictionary

mangle definition

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
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Example sentences
No joke, however robust, can stand the strain of being run through the
  legislative mangle.
Maybe you'll mangle his paper clips, leave a book open on the wrong page, or
  hide his basket of artificial petunias.
Mangle other animal life all you want, but manipulating microscopic human cells
  now you've gone too far.
Adobe's software lets you mash, merge, and mangle images to create the world
  you want to see.
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