Meaning of MANTLE in English


I. ˈman-t ə l noun

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

Date: 13th century


a. : a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes : cloak

b. : a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority

accepted the mantle of leadership


a. : something that covers, enfolds, or envelops


(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


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

6. : mantel

II. verb

( man·tled ; man·tling ˈmant-liŋ, ˈman-t ə l-iŋ)

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with a mantle : cloak

the encroaching jungle growth that mantled the building — Sanka Knox

intransitive verb

1. : to become covered with a coating

2. : to spread over a surface

3. : blush

her rich face mantling with emotion — Benjamin Disraeli

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.