- a decorative piece of cloth represented as hanging from a torse so as to cover the sides and rear of a helmet and often so as to frame the escutcheon below.
Origin of mantling
- a loose, sleeveless cloak or cape.
- something that covers, envelops, or conceals: the mantle of darkness.
- Geology. the portion of the earth, about 1800 miles (2900 km) thick, between the crust and the core.Compare core1(def 10), crust(def 6).
- Zoology. a single or paired outgrowth of the body wall that lines the inner surface of the valves of the shell in mollusks and brachiopods.
- a chemically prepared, incombustible network hood for a gas jet, kerosene wick, etc., that, when the jet or wick is lighted, becomes incandescent and gives off a brilliant light.
- Ornithology. the back, scapular, and inner wing plumage, especially when of the same color and distinct from other plumage.
- Metallurgy. a continuous beam set on a ring of columns and supporting the upper brickwork of a blast furnace in such a way that the brickwork of the hearth and bosh may be readily replaced.
- to cover with or as if with a mantle; envelop; conceal.
- to spread or cover a surface, as a blush over the face.
- to flush; blush.
- (of a hawk) to spread out one wing and then the other over the corresponding outstretched leg.
- to be or become covered with a coating, as a liquid; foam: The champagne mantled in the glass.
Origin of mantle
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Examples from the Web for mantling
In both of these examples the adjustment of the Mantling is shown.The Handbook to English Heraldry
What were its arched neck and mantling wings if it were not living?
The main metals and colours of the coat-of-arms should be repeated in the mantling.English Heraldic Book-stamps
His actual presence was the roseleaf upon the mantling cup of bliss.Alone
Louis smiled also; but it was accompanied by a mantling cheek.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4
- heraldry the drapery or scrollwork around a shield
- archaic a loose wrap or cloak
- such a garment regarded as a symbol of someone's power or authorityhe assumed his father's mantle
- anything that covers completely or envelopsa mantle of snow
- a small dome-shaped or cylindrical mesh impregnated with cerium or thorium nitrates, used to increase illumination in a gas or oil lamp
- Also called: pallium zoology
- a protective layer of epidermis in molluscs that secretes a substance forming the shell
- a similar structure in brachiopods
- ornithol the feathers of the folded wings and back, esp when these are of a different colour from the remaining feathers
- geology the part of the earth between the crust and the core, accounting for more than 82% of the earth's volume (but only 68% of its mass) and thought to be composed largely of peridotiteSee also asthenosphere
- a less common spelling of mantel
- anatomy another word for pallium (def. 3)
- a clay mould formed around a wax model which is subsequently melted out
- (tr) to envelop or supply with a mantle
- to spread over or become spread overthe trees were mantled with snow
- (tr) (of the face, cheeks) to become suffused with blood; flush
- (intr) falconry (of a hawk or falcon) to spread the wings and tail over food
Word Origin and History for mantling
"to wrap in a mantle," early 13c.; figurative use from mid-15c., from mantle (n.) or from Old French manteler. Related: Mantled; mantling.
Old English mentel "loose, sleeveless cloak," from Latin mantellum "cloak" (source of Italian mantello, Old High German mantal, German Mantel, Old Norse mötull), perhaps from a Celtic source. Reinforced and altered 12c. by cognate Old French mantel "cloak, mantle; bedspread, cover" (Modern French manteau), also from the Latin source. Figurative sense "that which enshrouds" is from c.1300. Allusive use for "symbol of literary authority or artistic pre-eminence" is from Elijah's mantle [2 Kings ii:13]. As a layer of the earth between the crust and core (though not originally distinguished from the core) it is attested from 1940.
- A covering layer of tissue.
- 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.