- The definition of a mantle is a shawl or a cloak.
An example of a mantle is a fancy shawl worn over a cocktail dress.
A woman with a white mantle.
- a loose, sleeveless cloak or cape: sometimes used figuratively, in allusion to royal robes of state, as a symbol of authority or responsibility
- anything that cloaks, envelops, covers, or conceals: hidden under the mantle of night
- a small meshwork hood made of a noncombustible substance, such as a thorium or cerium compound, which when placed over a flame, as in a lantern, gives off a brilliant incandescent light
- the outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth
- Anat. the cortex of the cerebrum
- the layer of the earth's interior between the crust and the core
- mantle rock
- a major part of a mollusk or similar organism consisting of a sheet of epithelial tissue with muscular, neural, and glandular elements: it covers the viscera and foot under the shell of univalve or bivalve mollusks, secretes the shell, and forms the body of cephalopods
- the soft outer body wall of a tunicate or barnacle
- the plumage on the back and folded wings of certain birds when it is all the same color
Origin of mantleMiddle English mantel ; from Old English mentel and amp; Old French mantel, both ; from Classical Latin mantellum, mantelum, a cloth, napkin, cloak, mantle ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Celtic
- to be or become covered, as a surface with scum or froth
- to spread like a mantle, as a blush over the face
- to blush or flush
- Falconry to spread first one wing, then the other, over the outstretched legs: said of a perched hawk
- A loose sleeveless coat worn over outer garments; a cloak.
- Something that covers, envelops, or conceals: “On a summer night &ellipsis; a mantle of dust hangs over the gravel roads” (John Dollard).
- The role or appearance of an authoritative or important person: “a Carlylean conviction that in modern society a poet was obligated to assume the mantle of a prophet” (Richard D. Altick).
- Variant of mantel.
- The outer covering of a wall.
- A zone of hot gases around a flame.
- A device in gas lamps consisting of a sheath of threads that gives off brilliant illumination when heated by the flame.
- Anatomy The cerebral cortex.
- Geology The zone of the earth between the crust and the core.
- The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth.
- The shoulder feathers, upper back, and sometimes the wings of a bird when differently colored from the rest of the body.
- a. A fold or pair of folds of the body wall that covers the internal organs and typically secretes the substance that forms the shell in mollusks and brachiopods.b. The soft outer wall lining the shell of a tunicate or barnacle.
verbman·tled, man·tling, man·tles
- To cover with a mantle.
- To cover with something that acts like a mantle; cover, envelop, or conceal: “when the land was mantled in forest and prowled by lions, leopards, and wolves” (David Campbell).
- To spread or become extended over a surface.
- To become covered with a coating, as scum or froth on the surface of a liquid.
- To blush: cheeks mantling with embarrassment.
Origin of mantleMiddle English, from Old English mentel and from Old French mantel, both from Latin mantellum.
cutaway of the earth
- A piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak, especially that worn by Orthodox bishops. (Compare mantum.) [from 9th c.]
- (figuratively) A figurative garment representing authority or status, capable of affording protection.
- At the meeting, she finally assumed the mantle of leadership of the party.
- The movement strove to put women under the protective mantle of civil rights laws.
- (figuratively) Anything that covers or conceals something else; a cloak. [from 9th c.]
- (zoology) The body wall of a mollusc, from which the shell is secreted. [from 15th c.]
- (zoology) The back of a bird together with the folded wings.
- The zone of hot gases around a flame; the gauzy incandescent covering of a gas lamp. [from 19th c.]
- The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth.
- A penstock for a water wheel.
- (anatomy) The cerebral cortex. [from 19th c.]
- (geology) The layer between the Earth's core and crust. [from 20th c.]
- A fireplace shelf; Alternative spelling of mantel.
- (heraldry) A mantling.
(third-person singular simple present mantles, present participle mantling, simple past and past participle mantled)