• WordNet 3.6
    • v mangle destroy or injure severely "The madman mutilates art work"
    • v mangle alter so as to make unrecognizable "The tourists murdered the French language"
    • v mangle injure badly by beating
    • v mangle press with a mangle "mangle the sheets"
    • n mangle clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n mangle A machine for smoothing linen or cotton cloth, as sheets, tablecloths, napkins, and clothing, by roller pressure, often with heated rollers.
    • Mangle To cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; to tear in cutting; to cut in a bungling manner; to lacerate; to mutilate. "Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail."
    • Mangle To mutilate or injure, in making, doing, or performing; as, to mangle a piece of music or a recitation. "To mangle a play or a novel."
    • v. t Mangle măṉ"g'l To smooth with a mangle, as damp linen or cloth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mangle To cut and slash or tear at random; wound jaggedly or by numerous cuts; hack; lacerate; disfigure by cutting, hacking, tearing, or crushing: applied chiefly to the cutting of flesh.
    • mangle Figuratively, to destroy the symmetry or completeness of; mutilate; mar through ignorance, bungling, or malice.
    • mangle Synonyms Maim, etc. See mutilate.
    • n mangle A machine for smoothing fabrics or household articles of linen or cotton, as sheets, table-cloths, napkins, and towels. As formerly made, it consisted of an oblong rectangular wooden chest which rested upon two cylinders. The chest was loaded with stones to make it press with sufficient force upon the cylinders, and was moved backward and forward by means of a wheel and pinion, the rollers being thus made to pass over and thoroughly press the articles spread on a polished table underneath. Mangles of this construction have, however, been generally superseded by mangles which act in the manner of a calender or a clothes-wringer, the cloth to be smoothed being passed between one or more pairs of rollers.
    • mangle To smooth with a mangle; calender.
    • n mangle See plate-straightening rolls.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mangle mang′gl to cut and bruise: to tear in cutting: to mutilate: to take by piecemeal
    • n Mangle mang′gl a rolling-press for smoothing linen
    • v.t Mangle to smooth with a mangle: to calender
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A frequentative fr. OE. manken, to main, AS. mancian, in bemancian, to mutilate, fr. L. mancus, maimed; perh. akin to G. mangeln, to be wanting


In literature:

The monster seized him, and he drew forth a hand, torn, and mangled, and bleeding.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
Should I consent to be mangled by the Boches because my fatuous country willed to trust the old gang?
"The Red Redmaynes" by Eden Phillpotts
The shark, for example, can swallow a man, and even a horse, without mangling it.
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri
The captives had all been killed and their bodies had been shockingly mangled.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
The conversation is mangled.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
The floor was strewn with scraps of papers and the mangled remains of felt and beaver.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
Anyway, she kept talking to herself about it, almost over the mangled remains of her own son, as you might say.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Mangles, Esq., M.P., C.B.
"The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902)" by John O'Rourke
Ferrier coolly waited and helped Tom and Fullerton to hoist the senseless, mangled mortal on deck.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman

In poetry:

They tell of trenches, long and deep,
Fill'd with the mangled slain.
They talk till I can scarcely sleep,
So reeling is my brain.
"The Conscript" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
"Nay, not this death, dear Father! Not
A mangled prey to these!"
She faintly cries to Heaven, from out
The darkening waste of trees.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Then fierce he spurr'd his warrior steed,
And sought the battle's bed;
And soon all mangled o'er with wounds
He on the cold turf bled.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Oh! if that witch were here thy father sought,
Methinks I e’en could call thee from thy place,
To shift thy mangled image from my thought,
Seeing thy soul’s calm face.
"David’s Lament For Jonathan" by Mary Hannay Foott
Thy mangled form, wrapped in its bloody shroud,
Forgotten lies; few hearts, few eyes, will melt
For thee, poor victim. The press-ridden crowd
Have for thy cruel fate small pity felt.
"Dirge For Jessie Macpherson" by Janet Hamilton
Explodin', an' smashin', an' crashin', an' then
The wailin' o' women an' groanin' o' men,
A' scowther't, an' mangle't, sae painfu' to see—
The sweetness is gane, noo it's black Simmerlee.
"A Wheen Aul' Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Amusement rides lie mangled after the Fun Town pier they sat on was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Amusement rides lie mangled after the Fun Town pier they sat on was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Victoria's Secret Models Mangle 'Deck the Halls'.
The impact left rows of mangled cars and charred buildings, and shook the windows in CNN's offices, a 10-minute drive from the scene.
He didn't change his mind Saturday after watching the 11th-ranked Seminoles mangle his Blue Devils 48-7 to regain control of their fortunes in the ACC.
A walker found the mangled paw on Thanksgiving morning along the bike trail in Decatur.
He came in with one eye so badly mangled it had to be removed.
A mangled California driver's license with Rivera's name and picture was found in the crash site debris.
Media Matters says I "mangled" and "cherry picked" the data.
Vice President Joe Biden has mangled a heaping helping of facts over the years.
Detroit Lions' DE Willie Young playing through pain with mangled finger .
The problem with Italian restaurants in New York is how often they mangle this principle.
We know you're out there, words nerds, given what we hear from you when we mangle the language occasionally.
In 'Hobbit,' new high -tech cameras mangle the scenery.
In 'Hobbit,' new high-tech cameras mangle the scenery.

In science:

The call to Mangle could return null, causing the call to the Zombify member to throw a null-reference exception.
Functional Programming and Security
Mangle will always perform a call to Reevaluate, but will only sometimes perform a call to Discombobulate.
Functional Programming and Security
The range-check for the first and third parameters of Discombobulate are performed in Mangle, outside of the body of Discombobulate.
Functional Programming and Security
The state information by which the imperative Mangle would determine the result of Reevaluate is explicitly encoded as a parameter in the functional version.
Functional Programming and Security
Therefore, all items that could affect the calculation of mangled can be identified by visual inspection.
Functional Programming and Security