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Definition of "mangle" []

  • To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing. See Synonyms at batter1. (verb-transitive)
  • To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance: mangle a speech. (verb-transitive)
  • A machine for pressing fabrics by means of heated rollers. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A clothes wringer. (noun)
  • To press with a mangle. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mangle" in a sentence
  • "Rhizopora mangle is the most frequently occurring mangrove species and is found closest to the coast at heights of up to 25 m."
  • "In the mangroves fringing the coastal lagoons Rhizophora mangle is characteristic."
  • "Slower presentations can be the ticket for catching early-season northerns that aren't in mangle mode."