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Definition of mantle:

  1. A loose garment to be worn over other garments; an enveloping robe; a cloak. Hence, figuratively, a covering or concealing envelope.
  2. A mantel. See Mantel.
  3. A penstock for a water wheel.
  4. Any free, outer membrane.
  5. Same as Mantling.
  6. The back of a bird together with the folded wings.
  7. The external fold, or folds, of the soft, exterior membrane of the body of a mollusk. It usually forms a cavity inclosing the gills. See Illusts. of Buccinum, and Byssus.
  8. The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth.
  9. To cover or envelop, as with a mantle; to cloak; to hide; to disguise.
  10. To gather, assume, or take on, a covering, as froth, scum, etc.
  11. To spread out; - said of wings.
  12. To spread over the surface as a covering; to overspread; as, the scum mantled on the pool.
  13. To unfold and spread out the wings, like a mantle; - said of hawks. Also used figuratively.


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