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mantling

[mant-ling]
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noun Heraldry.
  1. 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.
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Origin of mantling

First recorded in 1500–10; mantle + -ing1
Also called lambrequin.

mantle

[man-tl]
noun
  1. a loose, sleeveless cloak or cape.
  2. something that covers, envelops, or conceals: the mantle of darkness.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Ornithology. the back, scapular, and inner wing plumage, especially when of the same color and distinct from other plumage.
  7. mantel.
  8. 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.
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verb (used with object), man·tled, man·tling.
  1. to cover with or as if with a mantle; envelop; conceal.
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verb (used without object), man·tled, man·tling.
  1. to spread or cover a surface, as a blush over the face.
  2. to flush; blush.
  3. (of a hawk) to spread out one wing and then the other over the corresponding outstretched leg.
  4. to be or become covered with a coating, as a liquid; foam: The champagne mantled in the glass.
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Origin of mantle

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

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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for mantling

Historical Examples

  • In both of these examples the adjustment of the Mantling is shown.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

    Charles Boutell

  • 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.

  • His actual presence was the roseleaf upon the mantling cup of bliss.

    Alone

    Marion Harland

  • Louis smiled also; but it was accompanied by a mantling cheek.


British Dictionary definitions for mantling

mantling

noun
  1. heraldry the drapery or scrollwork around a shield
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Word Origin

C16: from mantle

mantle

noun
  1. archaic a loose wrap or cloak
  2. such a garment regarded as a symbol of someone's power or authorityhe assumed his father's mantle
  3. anything that covers completely or envelopsa mantle of snow
  4. a small dome-shaped or cylindrical mesh impregnated with cerium or thorium nitrates, used to increase illumination in a gas or oil lamp
  5. Also called: pallium zoology
    1. a protective layer of epidermis in molluscs that secretes a substance forming the shell
    2. a similar structure in brachiopods
  6. ornithol the feathers of the folded wings and back, esp when these are of a different colour from the remaining feathers
  7. 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
  8. a less common spelling of mantel
  9. anatomy another word for pallium (def. 3)
  10. a clay mould formed around a wax model which is subsequently melted out
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verb
  1. (tr) to envelop or supply with a mantle
  2. to spread over or become spread overthe trees were mantled with snow
  3. (tr) (of the face, cheeks) to become suffused with blood; flush
  4. (intr) falconry (of a hawk or falcon) to spread the wings and tail over food
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin mantellum, diminutive of mantum cloak
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Word Origin and History for mantling

mantle

v.

"to wrap in a mantle," early 13c.; figurative use from mid-15c., from mantle (n.) or from Old French manteler. Related: Mantled; mantling.

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mantle

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mantling in Medicine

mantle

(măntl)
n.
  1. A covering layer of tissue.
  2. pallium

mantling in Science

mantle

[măntl]

mantling in Culture

mantle

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

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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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