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NOUN (1)

1. clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers;


VERB (4)

1. press with a mangle;
- Example: "mangle the sheets"

2. injure badly by beating;
[syn: maul, mangle]

3. alter so as to make unrecognizable;
- Example: "The tourists murdered the French language"
[syn: mangle, mutilate, murder]

4. destroy or injure severely;
- Example: "The madman mutilates art work"
[syn: mutilate, mangle, cut up]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mangle \Man"gle\ (m[a^][ng]"g'l), v. t. [Cf. D. mangelen. See Mangle, n.] To smooth with a mangle, as damp linen or cloth. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

mangle \man"gle\, n. [D. mangel, fr. OE. mangonel a machine for throwing stones, LL. manganum, Gr. ? a machine for defending fortifications, axis of a pulley. Cf. Mangonel.] A machine for smoothing linen or cotton cloth, as sheets, tablecloths, napkins, and clothing, by roller pressure, often with heated rollers. [1913 Webster] Mangle rack (Mach.), a contrivance for converting continuous circular motion into reciprocating rectilinear motion, by means of a rack and pinion, as in the mangle. The pinion is held to the rack by a groove in such a manner that it passes alternately from one side of the rack to the other, and thus gives motion to it in opposite directions, according to the side in which its teeth are engaged. Mangle wheel, a wheel in which the teeth, or pins, on its face, are interrupted on one side, and the pinion, working in them, passes from inside to outside of the teeth alternately, thus converting the continuous circular motion of the pinion into a reciprocating circular motion of the wheel. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mangle \Man"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mangled; p. pr. & vb. n. Mangling.] [A frequentative fr. OE. manken to main, AS. mancian, in bemancian to mutilate, fr. L. mancus maimed; perh. akin to G. mangeln to be wanting.] 1. To cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; to tear in cutting; to cut in a bungling manner; to lacerate; to mutilate. [1913 Webster] Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To mutilate or injure, in making, doing, or performing; as, to mangle a piece of music or a recitation. [1913 Webster] To mangle a play or a novel. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mangle n 1: clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers v 1: press with a mangle; "mangle the sheets" 2: injure badly by beating [syn: maul, mangle] 3: alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language" [syn: mangle, mutilate, murder] 4: destroy or injure severely; "The madman mutilates art work" [syn: mutilate, mangle, cut up]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "mangle": bung up, butcher, calender, contort, cripple, crush, cut, damage, deface, defoliate, deform, denude, destroy, disfigure, dismember, distort, draw and quarter, flay, hack, hot-press, impair, injure, iron, lacerate, maim, mar, maul, mutilate, peel, pick to pieces, press, pull apart, roll, ruin, shred, skin, spoil, strip, take apart, tear apart, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, wreck
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

mangle vt. 1. Used similarly to mung or scribble, but more violent in its connotations; something that is mangled has been irreversibly and totally trashed. 2. To produce the mangled name corresponding to a C++ declaration.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

mangle Used similarly to mung or scribble, but more violent in its connotations; something that is mangled has been irreversibly and totally trashed.