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Dictionary Definition

mangle n : clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers


1 press with a mangle; "mangle the sheets"
2 injure badly by beating [syn: maul]
3 alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language" [syn: mutilate, murder]
4 destroy or injure severely; "The madman mutilates art work" [syn: mutilate, cut up]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To change, mutilate or disfigure by cutting, tearing, rearranging etc.
  2. transitive archaic To wring laundry.


to change, mutilate or disfigure
to wring laundry


  1. A hand-operated device with rollers, for wringing laundry.
  2. The mangle attached to wringer washing machines, often called the wringer.


a hand-operated device with rollers for wringing laundry

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bung up, butcher, calender, contort, cripple, crush, cut, damage, deface, defoliate, deform, denude, destroy, disfigure, dismember, distort, draw and quarter, flay, hack, hot-press, impair, injure, iron, lacerate, maim, mar, maul, mutilate, peel, pick to pieces, press, pull apart, roll, ruin, shred, skin, spoil, strip, take apart, tear apart, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, wreck
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