mantle

[ man-tl ]
/ ˈmæn tl /

noun

verb (used with object), man·tled, man·tling.

to cover with or as if with a mantle; envelop; conceal.

verb (used without object), man·tled, man·tling.

Origin of mantle

before 900; Middle English mantel, Old English mæntel < Latin mantellum
Related formsun·man·tled, adjective
Can be confusedmantel mantle

Definition for mantle (2 of 3)

Mantle

[ man-tl ]
/ ˈmæn tl /

noun

Mickey (Charles),1931–95, U.S. baseball player.
(Robert) Burns,1873–1948, U.S. journalist.

Definition for mantle (3 of 3)

mantel

or man·tle

[ man-tl ]
/ ˈmæn tl /

noun

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

1480–90; earlier mantell mantelet; variant of mantle
Also called man·tel·piece [man-tl-pees] /ˈmæn tlˌpis/, mantlepiece.
Can be confusedmantel mantle
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British Dictionary definitions for mantle (1 of 2)

mantle

/ (ˈmæntəl) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for mantle

C13: via Old French from Latin mantellum, diminutive of mantum cloak

British Dictionary definitions for mantle (2 of 2)

mantel

less commonly mantle

/ (ˈmæntəl) /

noun

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 for mantel

C15: from French, variant of mantle
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Medicine definitions for mantle

mantle

[ măntl ]

n.

A covering layer of tissue.
pallium
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Science definitions for mantle

mantle

[ măntl ]

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.
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Culture definitions for mantle

mantle


The region of the interior of the Earth between the core (on its inner surface) and the crust (on its outer).

Note

The mantle is more than two thousand miles thick and accounts for more than three-quarters of the volume of the Earth.
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