AskDefine | Define mangle

Dictionary Definition

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

Verb

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]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

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

Translations

to change, mutilate or disfigure
to wring laundry

Noun

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

Translations

a hand-operated device with rollers for wringing laundry

Extensive Definition

Mangle can refer to:

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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