American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing. See Synonyms at batter1.
- v. To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance: mangle a speech.
- n. A machine for pressing fabrics by means of heated rollers.
- n. Chiefly British A clothes wringer.
- v. To press with a mangle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut and slash or tear at random; wound jaggedly or by numerous cuts; hack; lacerate; disfigure by cutting, hacking, tearing, or crushing: applied chiefly to the cutting of flesh.
- Figuratively, to destroy the symmetry or completeness of; mutilate; mar through ignorance, bungling, or malice.
- Synonyms Maim, etc. See mutilate.
- n. A machine for smoothing fabrics or household articles of linen or cotton, as sheets, table-cloths, napkins, and towels. As formerly made, it consisted of an oblong rectangular wooden chest which rested upon two cylinders. The chest was loaded with stones to make it press with sufficient force upon the cylinders, and was moved backward and forward by means of a wheel and pinion, the rollers being thus made to pass over and thoroughly press the articles spread on a polished table underneath. Mangles of this construction have, however, been generally superseded by mangles which act in the manner of a calender or a clothes-wringer, the cloth to be smoothed being passed between one or more pairs of rollers.
- To smooth with a mangle; calender.
- n. See plate-straightening rolls.
- v. transitive To change, mutilate or disfigure by cutting, tearing, rearranging etc.
- v. transitive, archaic To wring laundry.
- v. transitive, computing To modify (an identifier from source code) so as to produce a unique identifier for internal use by the compiler, etc.
- n. A hand-operated device with rollers, for wringing laundry.
- n. The mangle attached to wringer washing machines, often called the wringer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; to tear in cutting; to cut in a bungling manner; to lacerate; to mutilate.
- v. To mutilate or injure, in making, doing, or performing.
- n. A machine for smoothing linen or cotton cloth, as sheets, tablecloths, napkins, and clothing, by roller pressure, often with heated rollers.
- v. To smooth with a mangle, as damp linen or cloth.
- v. injure badly by beating
- v. press with a mangle
- n. clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers
- v. destroy or injure severely
- v. alter so as to make unrecognizable
- From Middle English mangelen, from Anglo-Norman mangler, mahangler, frequentative of either Old French mangonner ("to cut to pieces") or mahaigner ("to mutilate"), of Germanic origin, for which see mayhem. Compare also Old High German mangolōn ("to suffer loss, be deprived") (> German mangeln ("to lack, mangle")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English manglen, from Anglo-Norman mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner, to cut to bits; possibly akin to mahaignier, to maim; see mayhem.Dutch mangel, from German, from Middle High German, diminutive of mange, mangonel, from Late Latin manganum, catapult; see mangonel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“With his usual interest in labor-saving machinery he inspected at Benjamin Franklin's a sort of ironing machine called a mangle, “well calculated,” he thought, “for Table cloths & such articles as have not pleats & irregular foldings & would be very useful in large families.””
“Being of a segmental form, but with a projection at each extremity, which rendered their production and finish impossible by the ordinary lathe, I bethought me of applying what is termed the mangle motion to the rim of a face plate of the lay, with so many pins in it as to give the required course of segmental motion for the turning tool to operate upon, between the projections C C in the illustration.”
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