Definitions

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

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • To smooth with a mangle; calender.
  • n. A machine for smoothing fabrics or household articles of linen or cotton, as sheets, table-cloths, napkins, and towels.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • In the mangroves fringing the coastal lagoons Rhizophora mangle is characteristic.

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  • Slower presentations can be the ticket for catching early-season northerns that aren't in mangle mode.

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  • Possibly all for the best, considering the first time I ever saw the word mangle in that context was in a Stephen King story about one that was possessed.

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  • Running the collars and cuffs through the mangle was also Joe's idea.

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  • MARTIN: About the fact that women who make mistakes like this or mangle a word or whatever, and you have people again, on the right like George Bush, on the left like Joe Biden, we use a word like light and we don't talk about men that way, we talk about women that way.

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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.”

    George Washington Farmer

  • 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.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • I was kind of overwhelmed by the two new tables ( 'nat' and 'mangle' -- neither of which I know what to do with).

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  • As the “Lustre” is paid for and securely packed up, and may suit the largest drawing-room at Mr. Morris's house in Philadelphia, he does not incline to part with it; there is a mangle in the kitchen, which Mr.. Morris proposes to leave, taking his mangle instead; [a mangle was a machine for washing or pressing, then in use, and a fixture, I think;] he would not object provided his was as good, but not if he would be the gainer by exchanging.

    Washington in Domestic Life

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