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mantle

[ man-tl ]SEE DEFINITION OF mantle

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MANTLE

She had already selected a mantle to throw over her shoulders.

He took her mantle from the wall, and tenderly wrapped it round her.

How still the world outside as the cloud wove in darkness its mantle of light!

With these words she dropped her mantle and turned her face towards us in the moonlight.

The mantle was made of oak-leaves, tied together with little blades of grass.

With that she entered the room, threw back her mantle and took off her turban.

For their covering a mantle is what they all wear, fastened with a clasp or, for want of it, with a thorn.

I brought in a large egg one evening and placed it on the mantle.

He seemed to rouse himself, to shake off a mantle of deliberate harshness.

"Do you wrap this about you," I urged her, and with my own hands I assisted to enfold her in that mantle.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English mentel "loose, sleeveless cloak," from Latin mantellum "cloak" (source of Italian mantello, Old High German mantal, German Mantel, Old Norse mötull), perhaps from a Celtic source. Reinforced and altered 12c. by cognate Old French mantel "cloak, mantle; bedspread, cover" (Modern French manteau), also from the Latin source. Figurative sense "that which enshrouds" is from c.1300. Allusive use for "symbol of literary authority or artistic pre-eminence" is from Elijah's mantle [2 Kings ii:13]. As a layer of the earth between the crust and core (though not originally distinguished from the core) it is attested from 1940.

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