mandrel

noun man·drel \ ˈman-drəl \
variants: or less commonly mandril
Updated on: 1 May 2018

Definition of mandrel

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 (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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Origin and Etymology of mandrel

Medieval Latin maundrellus, probably ultimately from Old Occitan mandre kingpin


Medical Dictionary

mandrel

noun man·drel
variants: also mandril play \ˈman-drəl\

medical Definition of mandrel

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

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