mantelet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mantelet short cape worn by women
    • n mantelet portable bulletproof shelter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mantelet (Fort) A musket-proof shield of rope, wood, or metal, which is sometimes used for the protection of sappers or riflemen while attacking a fortress, or of gunners at embrasures; -- now commonly written mantlet.
    • Mantelet A short cloak formerly worn by knights.
    • Mantelet A short cloak or mantle worn by women.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mantelet A short cloak or mantle. A short cloak worn in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by knights.
    • n mantelet A woman's garment, narrower than the mantle, and approaching the form of a tippet or broad scarf, worn over the shoulders.
    • n mantelet Same as cointoise. See also lambrequin, 1 .
    • n mantelet In gunnery, a shield to protect men serving guns in embrasures, casemates, or portholes from the bullets of sharpshooters.
    • n mantelet A movable roof or screen used in sieges, etc., to protect the besiegers in their attacks. See cat-castle, vinea, sow, 4.
    • n mantelet A movable shelter used in a hunting-field.
    • n mantelet A flexible covering, usually of rope, drawn close round a gun when it is discharged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Mantelet a small cloak for women:
    • ns Mantelet (fort.) a movable shield or screen to protect an attacking force, or gunners while serving their guns
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of manteau, OF. mantel,. See Mantle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mantel (Fr. manteau)—L. mantellum, a napkin.

Usage

In literature:

Everywhere heaps of stones, and piles of fascines, mantelets, and rows of fire-barrels.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
On the memorable occasion of which I speak I was habited in a crimson satin dress, with a sky-blue Arabian mantelet.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 4 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
Huge wooden shields, or movable parapets, like the mantelets of the Middle Ages, were also constructed.
"Pioneers Of France In The New World" by Francis Parkman, Jr.
Rope mantelets were used to protect the artillerists at the pieces from rifle balls and small grape.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
The mantelets rolled forward, veritable parapets of wood, through the interstices of which the bowmen shot.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
But experience had prepared them for this; and they had come provided with mantelets, to shelter them from the tempest.
"History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain" by William H. Prescott
The gloves and mantelet seemed to have been forgotten.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 4, April, 1852" by Various
Everywhere heaps of stones, and piles of fascines, mantelets, and rows of fire barrels.
"School Reading by Grades" by James Baldwin
Everywhere heaps of stones, and piles of fascines, mantelets, and rows of fire-barrels.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Protecting themselves with mantelets, the Romans suffered only trifling loss, for the besieged had but few missiles.
"Annals of a Fortress" by E. Viollet-le-Duc
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