Mandrel meaning

măndrəl
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The definition of a mandrel is a spindle, rod or shift on a lathe that something can be fixed to while being turned or being shaped.

An example of a mandrel is a rod that wood is fixed to while it is being turned.

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A metal rod or bar around which material, such as metal or glass, may be shaped.
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A shaft on which a working tool is mounted, as in a dental drill.
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A spindle or an axle used to secure or support material being machined or milled.
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A metal spindle or bar, often tapered, inserted into a lathe center to support work while it is being machined or turned.
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A metal rod or bar used as a core around which metal, wire, glass, etc. is cast, molded, forged, or shaped.
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A rod or spindle around which material such as metal, wire, or glass is cast, molded, bent, shaped, or wrapped. See also mandrel wrapping.
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An object used as an aid for shaping a material, e.g. bending a pipe without creasing or kinking it.
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A tool or component of a tool that grips or clamps something, such as a workpiece to be machined, a machining tool or a part while it is moved.
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Origin of mandrel

  • Possibly alteration of French mandrin lathe from Provençal mandre axle, crank from Old Provençal beam of a balance from Latin mamphur bow-drill perhaps from Oscan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French mandrin, probably from Late Latin *mamphurinum, from Latin mamphur (“a bow drill"), possibly from Ancient Greek μαννοφόρον (mannophoron, “wearing a collar")

    From Wiktionary