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mandrel

noun man·drel \ˈman-drəl\

Definition of mandrel

  1. 1 a :  a usually tapered or cylindrical axle, spindle, or arbor inserted into a hole in a piece of work to support it during machining b :  a metal bar that serves as a core around which material (as metal) may be cast, molded, forged, bent, or otherwise shaped

  2. 2 :  the shaft and bearings on which a tool (as a circular saw) is mounted



Variants of mandrel

also

mandril

play \ˈman-drəl\

Origin and Etymology of mandrel

Medieval Latin maundrellus, probably ultimately from Old Occitan mandre kingpin


First Known Use: 1554

Rhymes with mandrel


Medical Dictionary

mandrel

noun man·drel

Medical Definition of mandrel

  1. :  the shaft and bearings on which a tool (as a dental grinding disk) is mounted



Variants of mandrel

also

mandril

\ˈman-drəl\play

Learn More about mandrel

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of mandrel Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about mandrel


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