noun \ˈman-təl\

: a loose piece of clothing without sleeves that was worn over other clothes especially in the past

: something that covers or surrounds something else

: the position of someone who has responsibility or authority

Full Definition of MANTLE

a :  a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes :  cloak
b :  a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority <accepted the mantle of leadership>
a :  something that covers, enfolds, or envelops
b (1) :  a fold or lobe or pair of lobes of the body wall of a mollusk or brachiopod that in shell-bearing forms lines the shell and bears shell-secreting glands
(2) :  the soft external body wall that lines the test or shell of a tunicate or barnacle
c :  the outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth; broadly :  an insulated support or casing in which something is heated
:  the upper back of a bird
:  a lacy hood or sheath of some refractory material that gives light by incandescence when placed over a flame
a :  regolith
b :  the part of the interior of a terrestrial planet and especially the earth that lies beneath the crust and above the central core
:  mantel

Examples of MANTLE

  1. She accepted the mantle of leadership.
  2. <a long black velvet mantle>

Origin of MANTLE

Middle English mantel, from Anglo-French, from Latin mantellum
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with MANTLE



: to cover or surround (something)

man·tledman·tling \ˈmant-liŋ, ˈman-təl-iŋ\

Full Definition of MANTLE

transitive verb
:  to cover with or as if with a mantle :  cloak <the encroaching jungle growth that mantled the building — Sanka Knox>
intransitive verb
:  to become covered with a coating
:  to spread over a surface
:  blush <her rich face mantling with emotion — Benjamin Disraeli>

Examples of MANTLE

  1. <early-morning fog mantled the fields along the river>

First Known Use of MANTLE

13th century


biographical name \ˈman-təl\

Definition of MANTLE

Mickey (Charles) 1931–1995 Am. baseball player


noun \ˈman-təl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MANTLE

: something that covers, enfolds, or envelops


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

That part of the Earth that lies beneath the crust and above the central core. On average, the mantle begins about 22 mi (35 km) below the surface and ends at a depth of about 1,800 mi (2,900 km). Predominant in the rock material are olivines, pyroxenes, and the silicate perovskite, a dense form of enstatite.


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