from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing. See Synonyms at batter1.
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To press with a mangle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To change, mutilate or disfigure by cutting, tearing, rearranging etc.
- v. To wring laundry.
- v. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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.
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To smooth with a mangle, as damp linen or cloth.
from The 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.
- To smooth with a mangle; calender.
- n. See plate-straightening rolls.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
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)