Mangle meaning

măng'gəl
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.

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Mangle is defined as to destroy by tearing, crushing or bruising.

An example of to mangle is to violently cut apart a wired fence.

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To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing.

Fishing nets that mangle fish.

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To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance.

Mangle a speech.

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A machine for pressing fabrics by means of heated rollers.
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A clothes wringer.
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To press with a mangle.
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To mutilate or disfigure by repeatedly and roughly cutting, tearing, hacking, or crushing; lacerate and bruise badly.
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A machine for pressing and smoothing cloth, esp. sheets and other flat pieces, between heated rollers.
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To press in a mangle.
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(archaic) To wring laundry.
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(computing) To modify (an identifier from source code) so as to produce a unique identifier for internal use by the compiler, etc.
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A hand-operated device with rollers, for wringing laundry.
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The mangle attached to wringer washing machines, often called the wringer.
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To spoil; botch; mar; garble.

A translation that mangles the original text.

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Origin of mangle

  • Middle English manglen from Anglo-Norman mangler frequentative of Old French mangoner to cut to bits possibly akin to mahaignier to maim mayhem
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Dutch mangel from German from Middle High German diminutive of mange mangonel from Late Latin manganum catapult mangonel
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English mangelen, from Anglo-Norman mangler, mahangler, frequentative of either Old French mangonner (“to cut to pieces") or mahaigner (“to mutilate"), of Germanic origin, for which see mayhem. Compare also Old High German mangolōn (“to suffer loss, be deprived") (> German mangeln (“to lack, mangle")).
    From Wiktionary
  • Alternate etymology derives mangle from Middle English *mankelen, a frequentative form of manken (“to mutilate"), from Old English mancian, bemancian (“to maim"). More at mank.
    From Wiktionary