- 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 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: Middle 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
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- A loose sleeveless coat worn over outer garments; a cloak.
- Something that covers, envelops, or conceals: “On a summer night . . . a mantle of dust hangs over the gravel roads” (John Dollard).
- 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 layer of the earth between the crust and the core.
- The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth.
- The wings, shoulder feathers, and back of a bird when differently colored from the rest of the body.
- Zoology a. A fold or pair of folds of the body wall that lines the shell and secretes the substance that forms the shell in mollusks and brachiopods.b. The soft outer wall lining the shell of a tunicate or barnacle.
- 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 be overspread by blushes or colors: a face that was mantled in joy.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English mentel and from Old French mantel, both from Latin mantellum.
, Mickey Charles 1931-1995.
mantle - Cultural Definition
mantle - Medical Definition
- A covering layer of tissue.
- See pallium.
mantle - Science Definition
- The layer of the Earth between the crust and the core. It is about 2,900 km (1,798 mi) thick and consists mainly of magnesium-iron silicate minerals, such as olivine and pyroxene. It has an upper, partially molten part, which is about 660 km (409 mi) thick, and a lower, solid part. The upper mantle is the source of magma and volcanic lava.
- The layer of soft tissue that covers the body of a clam, oyster, or other mollusk and secretes the material that forms the shell.
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