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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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British Dictionary definitions for mangled

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 mangled

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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