Meaning of mangle


Pronunciation: (mang'gul), [key]
— -gled, -gling.
  1. to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing: The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
  2. to spoil; ruin; mar badly: to mangle a text by careless typesetting.


Pronunciation: (mang'gul), [key]
— n., v., -gled, -gling.
  1. a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
  1. to smooth or press with a mangle.
  2. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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