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Definition of mangle:

  1. A machine for smoothing linen or cotton cloth, as sheets, tablecloths, napkins, and clothing, by roller pressure.
  2. 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.
  3. To mutilate or injure, in making, doing, or pertaining; as, to mangle a piece of music or a recitation.
  4. To smooth with a mangle, as damp linen or cloth.


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