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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
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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Examples for mangle
  • 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.
  • If more electrical cables were placed under sidewalks to give utilities one less reason to mangle city streets.
  • Instead they must mangle text in new ways when attackers figure out how to cope with existing distortions.
  • They prove it every time their cars bang into walls or mangle their garden tools while pulling in and out of their garages.
  • Friend you only have a few posts, you might reregister with a name that the censoring software doesn't mangle.
  • All she manages is to mangle the facts regarding all three, doing a disservice to both historical and moral truth.
  • They can severely damage organs, mangle cells, and split through blood vessels.
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
mangle
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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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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