- The definition of a mangle is a machine with rollers which is used to press large smooth pieces of cloth.
An example of a mangle is a machine in a cleaners which is used to iron sheets.
- Mangle is defined as to destroy by tearing, crushing or bruising.
An example of to mangle is to violently cut apart a wired fence.
mangle definition by Webster's New World
- to mutilate or disfigure by repeatedly and roughly cutting, tearing, hacking, or crushing; lacerate and bruise badly
- to spoil; botch; mar; garble: to mangle a text
Origin: Middle English manglen ; from Anglo-French mangler, probably frequentative of Old French mehaigner, maim
- mangler noun
Origin: Dutch mangel ; from German ; from Middle High German diminutive of mange, a mangle ; from Classical Latin manganum ; from Classical Greek manganon, war machine, origin, originally deceptive device ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meng-, to embellish deceptively from source Middle Irish meng, deceit, Classical Latin mango, falsifying dealer
- mangler noun
mangle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb man·gled, man·gling, man·gles
- To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing. See Synonyms at batter1.
- To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance: mangle a speech.
Origin: Middle English manglen, from Anglo-Norman mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner, to cut to bits; possibly akin to mahaignier, to maim; see mayhem.
- manˈgler noun
- A machine for pressing fabrics by means of heated rollers.
- Chiefly British A clothes wringer.
Origin: Dutch mangel, from German, from Middle High German, diminutive of mange, mangonel, from Late Latin manganum, catapult; see mangonel.