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a cloak; something that conceals: the mantle of darkness
Not to be confused with:
mantel – facing of a fireplace; a shelf above: Put the clock on the mantel.
cutaway of the earth
1. A loose sleeveless coat worn over outer garments; a cloak.
2. Something that covers, envelops, or conceals: "On a summer night ... a mantle of dust hangs over the gravel roads" (John Dollard).
3. The role or appearance of an authoritative or important person: "a Carlylean conviction that in modern society a poet was obligated to assume the mantle of a prophet" (Richard D. Altick).
4. Variant of mantel.
5. The outer covering of a wall.
6. A zone of hot gases around a flame.
7. A device in gas lamps consisting of a sheath of threads that gives off brilliant illumination when heated by the flame.
8. Anatomy The cerebral cortex.
9. Geology The zone of the earth between the crust and the core.
10. The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth.
11. The shoulder feathers, upper back, and sometimes the wings of a bird when differently colored from the rest of the body.
a. A fold or pair of folds of the body wall that covers the internal organs and typically secretes the substance that forms the shell in mollusks and brachiopods.
b. The soft outer wall lining the shell of a tunicate or barnacle.
v. man·tled, man·tling, man·tles
1. To cover with a mantle.
2. To cover with something that acts like a mantle; cover, envelop, or conceal: "when the land was mantled in forest and prowled by lions, leopards, and wolves" (David Campbell).
1. To spread or become extended over a surface.
2. To become covered with a coating, as scum or froth on the surface of a liquid.
3. To blush: cheeks mantling with embarrassment.
[Middle English, from Old English mentel and from Old French mantel, both from Latin mantellum.]
1. (Clothing & Fashion) archaic a loose wrap or cloak
2. such a garment regarded as a symbol of someone's power or authority: he assumed his father's mantle.
3. anything that covers completely or envelops: a mantle of snow.
4. (General Engineering) a small dome-shaped or cylindrical mesh impregnated with cerium or thorium nitrates, used to increase illumination in a gas or oil lamp
5. (Zoology) zoology
a. a protective layer of epidermis in molluscs that secretes a substance forming the shell
b. a similar structure in brachiopods
6. (Zoology) ornithol the feathers of the folded wings and back, esp when these are of a different colour from the remaining feathers
7. (Geological Science) 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 peridotite. See also asthenosphere
8. (Architecture) a less common spelling of mantel
9. (Anatomy) anatomy another word for pallium3
10. (Art Terms) a clay mould formed around a wax model which is subsequently melted out
11. (tr) to envelop or supply with a mantle
12. to spread over or become spread over: the trees were mantled with snow.
13. (tr) (of the face, cheeks) to become suffused with blood; flush
14. (Falconry) (intr) falconry (of a hawk or falcon) to spread the wings and tail over food
[C13: via Old French from Latin mantellum, diminutive of mantum cloak]
n., v. -tled, -tling. n.
1. a long, loose, capelike garment; sleeveless cloak.
2. something that covers, envelops, or conceals: the mantle of darkness.
3. the portion of the earth, about 1800 mi. (2900 km) thick, between the crust and the core.
4. an outgrowth of the body wall in mollusks and brachiopods that lines the inner surface of the shell valves and secretes a shell-forming substance.
5. an incombustible hood that becomes incandescent and gives off a brilliant light when placed around a flame.
6. the back, scapular, and inner wing plumage of a bird.
8. to cover with or as if with a mantle; envelop; conceal.v.i.
9. to overspread a surface.
10. to flush; blush.
11. to become covered with a coating, as foam.
[1200–50; Middle English mantel < Anglo-French, Old French mantel < Latin mantellum cloak]
Mickey (Charles), 1931–95, U.S. baseball player.
1. The layer of the Earth between the crust and the core. It consists mainly of silicate minerals and has an upper, partially molten part and a lower, solid part. The upper mantle is the source of magma and volcanic lava.
2. The layer of soft tissue that covers the body of a clam, oyster, or other mollusk and secretes the material that forms the shell.
Mantlea covering; a quantity of furs of 30 to 100, depending on the size of the skins.
Examples: mantle of darkness; of fox skins, 1545; of furs, 1490; of ivy, 1829; of meekness, 1526; of deep obscurity, 1526; of prudence, 1430; of silence; of skins; of snow; of white kid, 1549.
Past participle: mantled
1. A clay mold around a wax model.
2. The dense, hot rock layer, 1800 mi (2900 km) thick, below the crust. Some parts of it are semi-molten and able to flow.
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|Noun||1.||mantle - the cloak as a symbol of authority; "place the mantle of authority on younger shoulders"|
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
|2.||Mantle - United States baseball player (1931-1997)|
|3.||mantle - the layer of the earth between the crust and the core|
layer - a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
lower mantle - the deeper part of the mantle
upper mantle - the upper part of the mantle
|4.||mantle - anything that covers; "there was a blanket of snow"|
|5.||mantle - (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell|
|6.||mantle - shelf that projects from wall above fireplace; "in Britain they call a mantel a chimneypiece"|
fireplace, hearth, open fireplace - an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built; "the fireplace was so large you could walk inside it"; "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it"; "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires"
shelf - a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
|7.||mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)|
screen, blind - a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight; "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"
drop cloth, drop curtain, drop - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
eyelet, eyehole - a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
festoon - a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
frontal - a drapery that covers the front of an altar
furnishing - (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
portiere - a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
shower curtain - a curtain that keeps water from splashing out of the shower area
|8.||mantle - a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter|
chlamys - a short mantle or cape fastened at the shoulder; worn by men in ancient Greece
cloak - a loose outer garment
pelisse - a sleeveless cape that is lined or trimmed with fur
tippet - a woman's fur shoulder cape with hanging ends; often consisting of the whole fur of a fox or marten
|Verb||1.||mantle - spread over a surface, like a mantle|
|2.||mantle - cover like a mantle; "The ivy mantles the building"|
1. role, job, position, post, responsibility, task, duty, function, capacity, burden, onus She has the intellectual form to take up the mantle of leadership.
2. covering, cover, screen, cloud, curtain, envelope, blanket, veil, shroud, canopy, pall The park looked grim under a mantle of soot and ash.
3. (archaic) (= cloak) → manto m
n. manto, capa.