- 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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- Mickey (Charles),1931–95, U.S. baseball player.
- (Robert) Burns,1873–1948, U.S. journalist.
- a construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner.
- Also called mantelshelf. a shelf above a fireplace opening.
Origin of mantel
Examples from the Web for mantle
We arrived to the din of a party in full swing: a band, multiple kegs of beer, dancing, foosball, and mantle diving.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Having tonally redefined rap, he was ready to claim the mantle of one of the greatest musical pioneers of all time.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Question those taking on the mantle of victimhood and you are immediately cast as some kind of aggressive, unfeeling oppressor.What the U-VA Rape Case Tells Us About a Victim Culture Gone Mad
December 6, 2014
Even at the latter stages Simon and Ryan took over the mantle and it became a little dark.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
The house version of chicken fried steak is, in fact, pork-fried steak, veiled in panko breadcrumbs under a mantle of gravy.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
Jane & Michael Stern
August 4, 2014
She had already selected a mantle to throw over her shoulders.The Dream
He took her mantle from the wall, and tenderly wrapped it round her.Little Dorrit
How still the world outside as the cloud wove in darkness its mantle of light!Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
With these words she dropped her mantle and turned her face towards us in the moonlight.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The mantle was made of oak-leaves, tied together with little blades of grass.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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
less commonly mantle
- a wooden or stone frame around the opening of a fireplace, together with its decorative facing
- Also called: mantel shelf a shelf above this frame
Word Origin and History for mantle
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.
"to wrap in a mantle," early 13c.; figurative use from mid-15c., from mantle (n.) or from Old French manteler. Related: Mantled; mantling.
c.1200, "short, loose, sleeveless cloak," variant of mantle (q.v.). Sense of "movable shelter for soldiers besieging a fort" is from 1520s. Meaning "timber or stone supporting masonry above a fireplace" first recorded 1510s, a shortened form of Middle English mantiltre "mantletree" (late 15c.).
- 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.