• WordNet 3.6
    • n mantel shelf that projects from wall above fireplace "in Britain they call a mantel a chimneypiece"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mantel (Arch) The finish around a fireplace, covering the chimney-breast in front and sometimes on both sides; especially, a shelf above the fireplace, and its supports. The shelf is called also a mantelpiece or mantlepiece.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mantel A cloak. See mantle (the present spelling in this sense).
    • n mantel In architecture, all the work or facing around a fireplace, resting against the chimney, and usually projecting and more or less ornamental. It includes the mantelpiece or chimneypiece, with the mantel-shelf, when this is present, and the hood of fireplaces having this feature.
    • n mantel In a restricted sense, a mantel-shelf.
    • n mantel In geometry, lateral surface: as, the mantel of a frustum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mantel man′tl the ornamental shelf over a fireplace
    • Mantel Also Man′tel-piece, Man′tel-shelf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The same word as mantle, a garment; cf. F. manteau de cheminée,. See Mantle


In literature:

After closing and locking the door, he lighted one of many candles on the mantel.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
He came back to the fire and, deliberately moving the trinkets on the mantel, made a place for his elbow.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Before the mantel, with its wood fire blazing, they paused.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
A clock on the mantel-piece chimed out the hour of his departure.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
By the mantel stood Mr. Verrinder.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
They sat while the mantel clock ticked off five minutes.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Elizabeth had preceded him into the library, and was standing motionless before the mantel.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
All the ornaments on the tables and mantels, and the lamps, were wiped and put on the dining-room table.
"A Little Housekeeping Book for a Little Girl" by Caroline French Benton
He lingered until the clock on the mantel struck ten; then he rose and took his departure.
"Kidnapped at the Altar" by Laura Jean Libbey
But the mantel was very high, and polished like glass.
"The Spectacle Man" by Mary F. Leonard

In poetry:

Above thy mantel is a hook,--
A portrait once was there;
It was thine only ornament,--
Alas! that hook is bare.
"To A Portrait Of "A Gentleman"" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
By the mansion's marble mantel,
Round the log-walled cabin's hearth,
Thy sweet thoughts and northern fancies
Meet and mingle with our mirth.
"To Fredrika Bremer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And when white snow flies from wintery skies
And mantels the hill and plain
I'm ramblin' down to that little town
To dear once again
"The Saddle Tramp" by Curley Fletcher
E non ci resta che cingere i fianchi
Col bigiastro mantel del pellegrino,
E correre la terra erranti e stanchi,
E abbandonarci ad un pazzo cammino....
"Noja Letteraria" by Ferdinando Fontana
From the oaken mantel glowing,
Faintest light the lamp is throwing
On the mirror's antique mould,
High-backed chair, and wainscot old,
And, through faded curtains stealing,
His dark sleeping face revealing.
"The New Wife and the Old" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then Betsey she got her specs from off the mantel-shelf,
And read the article over quite softly to herself;
Read it by little and little, for her eyes is gettin' old,
And lawyers' writin' ain't no print, especially when it's cold.
"How Betsey And I Made Up" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Hilary Mantel, author of bloody Tudor novels, nabs prestigious fiction prize.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALDThe Nativity scene is presented dramatically on a table and the mantel of Ronnie and Becky Blacklidge's home in Gulfport.
About 65 Santas sit on Byrd's mantel.
Baker wants everyone to know that the mantels are made from solid American wood by Amish workers in Ohio.
Hilary Mantel , author of bloody Tudor novels, nabs prestigious fiction prize.
Hilary Mantel 's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker Prize.
Second Booker Win Puts Mantel Among Literary Elite.
Mantel wins Booker for Cromwell book.
Rowling interview, Mantel wins Man Booker.
Hilary Mantel , winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, poses with more.
Hilary Mantel is the first woman and the first British author to win the Man Booker Prize twice.
Hilary Mantel is first woman and first British author to win Man Booker Prize twice.
Author Mantel claims second Booker prize.
Hilary Mantel wins 2nd Booker Prize with 'Bring Up the Bodies'.

In science:

Consequently measurements performed by detectors ”seeing” different crustal contributions could be combined to disentangle mantel and crust roles.
Low Energy Neutrino Measurements
The steep gradients in the density in the upper right and left panels are located at the interface between the He-core and the H-rich mantel.
Asphericity Effects in Supernovae
The possible use of unequal-probability tails is relevant here (Braver , Mantel ), although these authors proposed unequaltail use as a way of compromising between a one-sided test procedure (2.1) and a two-sided procedure (2.2).
Recent developments towards optimality in multiple hypothesis testing
Differential Item Performance and the Mantel-Haenszel Procedure.
Test item response time and the response likelihood
However, there is a much more powerful result, which is the Sonnenschein-Mantel-Debreu Theorem.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets