mantle


mantle
/ˈmæntl / (say 'mantl)

noun
1. Also, mantua. a loose, sleeveless cloak.
2. something that covers, envelops, or conceals.
3. a single or paired outgrowth of the body wall that lines the inner surface of the valves of the shell in molluscs and brachiopods.
4. gas mantle.
5. Ornithology the back, scapular, and inner wing feathers taken together, especially when these are all of the same colour.
6. the outer enveloping masonry of a blast furnace over the hearth.
7. Geology a layer of the earth between crust and core, consisting of solid rock.
8. mantelpiece.
9. mantelshelf.
verb (mantled, mantling)
verb (t)
10. to cover with or as with a mantle; envelop; conceal.
11. to spread like a mantle over: *He watched the expression of fear that immediately mantled her face. –frederick j. thwaites, 1935.
verb (i)
12. to spread like a mantle, as a blush over the face: *Protherick, the widow of a Superintendent of Convicts' Barracks, with a stately indignation mantling in her sallow cheeks. –marcus clarke, 1874.
13. to flush; blush.
14. (of a hawk) to spread out first one wing and then the other over the corresponding outstretched leg.
15. (of a liquid) to be or become covered with a coating; foam.
phrase
16. assume the mantle, to take on the leading role in an endeavour.
{Middle English mantel, Old English mæntel, from Latin mantellum, mantēlum cloak}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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