or man·dril

[man-druh l]

noun Machinery.

a shaft or bar the end of which is inserted into a workpiece to hold it during machining.
a spindle on which a circular saw or grinding wheel rotates.
the driving spindle in the headstock of a lathe.

Origin of mandrel

1510–20; perhaps akin to French mandrin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mandrel

gudgeon, shaft, pin, support, rod, stem, pole, stalk, pivot, spindle, axis, arbor, axle, rachis, baluster

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British Dictionary definitions for mandrel




a spindle on which a workpiece is supported during machining operations
a shaft or arbor on which a machining tool is mounted
the driving spindle in the headstock of a lathe
British a miner's pick

Word Origin for mandrel

C16: perhaps related to French mandrin lathe
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Word Origin and History for mandrel

"miner's pick," 1510s, of unknown origin; perhaps borrowed from French mandrin, itself of unknown origin. Also applied from 17c. to parts of a lathe or a circular saw.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mandrel in Medicine



A shaft on which a working tool is mounted, as in a dental drill.
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