mantle

Definition of mantle

man´tle
n.1.
1.A loose garment to be worn over other garments; an enveloping robe; a cloak.
[The] children are clothed with mantles of satin.
- Bacon.
The green mantle of the standing pool.
- Shak.
Now Nature hangs her mantle green
On every blooming tree.
- Burns.
2.(Her.) Same as Mantling.
3.(Zool.) 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.
4.(Arch.) A mantel. See Mantel.
5.The outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth.
6.(Hydraulic Engin.) A penstock for a water wheel.
7.(Geol.) The highly viscous shell of hot semisolid rock, about 1800 miles thick, lying under the crust of the Earth and above the core. Also, by analogy, a similar shell on any other planet.
v. t.1.To cover or envelop, as with a mantle; to cloak; to hide; to disguise.
[imp. & p. p. Mantled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mantling .]
v. i.1.To unfold and spread out the wings, like a mantle; - said of hawks. Also used figuratively.
Ne is there hawk which mantleth on her perch.
- Spenser.
Or tend his sparhawk mantling in her mew.
- Bp. Hall.
My frail fancy fed with full delight.
Doth bathe in bliss, and mantleth most at ease.
- Spenser.
2.To spread out; - said of wings.
3.To spread over the surface as a covering; to overspread; as, the scum mantled on the pool.
Though mantled in her cheek the blood.
- Sir W. Scott.
4.To gather, assume, or take on, a covering, as froth, scum, etc.
There is a sort of men whose visages
Do cream and mantle like a standing pond.
- Shak.
Nor bowl of wassail mantle warm.
- Tennyson.

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