Meaning of MANTLE in English



Pronunciation: ' man-t ə l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English mantel, from Anglo-French, from Latin mantellum

Date: 13th century

1 a : a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes : CLOAK b : a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority <accepted the mantle of leadership>

2 a : something that covers, enfolds, or envelops b (1) : a fold or lobe or pair of lobes of the body wall of a mollusk or brachiopod that in shell-bearing forms lines the shell and bears shell-secreting glands (2) : the soft external body wall that lines the test or shell of a tunicate or barnacle c : the outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth broadly : an insulated support or casing in which something is heated

3 : the upper back of a bird

4 : a lacy hood or sheath of some refractory material that gives light by incandescence when placed over a flame

5 a : REGOLITH b : the part of the interior of a terrestrial planet and especially the earth that lies beneath the crust and above the central core


Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.