or man·dril

[ man-druhl ]
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  1. a shaft or bar the end of which is inserted into a workpiece to hold it during machining.

  2. a spindle on which a circular saw or grinding wheel rotates.

  1. the driving spindle in the headstock of a lathe.

Origin of mandrel

1510–20; perhaps akin to French mandrin

Words Nearby mandrel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mandrel in a sentence

  • The coil can be of any size, and to make it, resistance wire is wound around a piece of wire used as a mandrel.

  • As the mandrel with the ferrule passed through the tin, the metal was shaped exactly to the mandrel.

  • The saw is put on the mandrel at an angle, as will be seen, and should be run at a high rate of speed.

  • The mandrel should be made slightly conical in order to facilitate withdrawal.

  • This method is very handy with small lenses; the mandrel is turned, and the lens adjusted by hand till the images are immovable.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall

British Dictionary definitions for mandrel



/ (ˈmændrəl) /

  1. a spindle on which a workpiece is supported during machining operations

  2. a shaft or arbor on which a machining tool is mounted

  1. the driving spindle in the headstock of a lathe

  2. British a miner's pick

Origin of mandrel

C16: perhaps related to French mandrin lathe

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