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mantle

noun man·tle \ ˈman-tᵊl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of mantle

1 a : a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes : cloak
b : a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority
  • accepted the mantle of leadership
2 a : something that covers, enfolds, or envelops (see envelop 1)
  • The ground was covered with a mantle of leaves.
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 (see barnacle 2)
c : the outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth (see hearth 1c); broadly : an insulated support or casing in which something is heated
3 : the upper back of a bird
4 : a lacy hood or sheath of some refractory (see 1refractory 3) material that gives light by incandescence when placed over a flame
5 a : regolith
b : the part of the interior of a terrestrial (see terrestrial 3) planet and especially the earth that lies beneath the crust and above the central core
6 : mantel

Examples of mantle in a Sentence

  1. She accepted the mantle of leadership.

  2. a long black velvet mantle

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Origin and Etymology of mantle

Middle English mantel, from Anglo-French, from Latin mantellum


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mantle

verb

Definition of mantle

mantled; mantling play \ˈmant-liŋ, ˈman-tᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
: to cover with or as if with a mantle : cloak
  • the encroaching jungle growth that mantled the building
  • —Sanka Knox
intransitive verb
1 : to become covered with a coating
2 : to spread over a surface
3 : blush
  • her rich face mantling with emotion
  • —Benjamin Disraeli

Examples of mantle in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of mantle


Mantle

biographical name Man·tle \ ˈman-tᵊl \

Definition of Mantle

Mickey (Charles) 1931–1995 American baseball player


MANTLE Defined for English Language Learners

mantle

noun

Definition of mantle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


mantle

verb

Definition of mantle for English Language Learners

  • : to cover or surround (something)


MANTLE Defined for Kids

mantle

noun man·tle \ ˈman-tᵊl \

Definition of mantle for Students

1 : a loose sleeveless outer garment
2 : something that covers or wraps
  • The town was covered with a mantle of snow.
3 : the part of the earth's interior beneath the crust and above the central core
4 : a fold of the body wall of a mollusk that produces the shell material

Medical Dictionary

mantle

noun man·tle \ ˈman-tᵊl \

medical Definition of mantle

1 : something that covers, enfolds, or envelops


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