man·​drel | \ ˈman-drəl How to pronounce mandrel (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mandril

Definition of mandrel

1a : 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 (such as metal) may be cast, molded, forged, bent, or otherwise shaped
2 : the shaft and bearings on which a tool (such as a circular saw) is mounted

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Recent Examples on the Web The resin infuses the strands before they are applied to the mandrel. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Solid Rocket City: The Utah Space Center Fighting for Its Life," 4 Apr. 2018 This appears to be a mandrel, or mold, around which carbon fiber is wound for the main body of the spaceship, or BFS. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk shows off a new tooling for the BFR spaceship," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mandrel

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mandrel

Medieval Latin maundrellus, probably ultimately from Old Occitan mandre kingpin

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“Mandrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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variants: also mandril \ ˈman-​drəl How to pronounce mandril (audio) \

Medical Definition of mandrel

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

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