American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short cape.
- n. A mobile screen or shield formerly used to protect besieging soldiers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short cloak or mantle. A short cloak worn in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by knights.
- n. A woman's garment, narrower than the mantle, and approaching the form of tippet or broad scarf, worn over the shoulders.
- n. Same as cointoise. See also lambrequin, 1 .
- n. In gunnery, a shield to protect men serving guns in embrasures, casemates, or portholes from the bullets of sharpshooters.
- n. A movable roof or screen used in sieges, etc., to protect the besiegers in their attacks. See cat-castle, vinea, sow, 4.
- n. A movable shelter used in a hunting-field.
- n. A flexible covering, usually of rope, drawn close round a gun when it is discharged.
- n. Alternative form of mantlet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short cloak formerly worn by knights.
- n. A short cloak or mantle worn by women.
- n. (Fort.) A musket-proof shield of rope, wood, or metal, which is sometimes used for the protection of sappers or riflemen while attacking a fortress, or of gunners at embrasures; -- now commonly written
- n. short cape worn by women
- n. portable bulletproof shelter
- Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of mantel, mantle; see mantle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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