There are 2 definitions of mangle in English:

mangle1

Syllabification: man·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈmaNGgəl
 
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verb

[with object]
  • Severely mutilate, disfigure, or damage by cutting, tearing, or crushing: the car was mangled almost beyond recognition figurative he was mangling Bach on the piano
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    • The smooth shell of the car was mangled beyond recognition.
    • Two crushed and mangled pick-up trucks have been flipped on their side.
    • The dais was in the form of a human whose skeleton was mangled beyond recognition.
    Synonyms
    mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush; hack, cut up, lacerate, tear apart, butcher, maulspoil, ruin, mar, mutilate, make a mess of, wreck
    informal murder, make a hash of, butcher

Derivatives

mangler

noun
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  • Humphrys has now let his rage against the army of word manglers off the leash.
  • My resolutions, therefore, are for others, and in particular for some of the many manglers of the English language.
  • For each national-anthem mangler, there was only one rendition standing between glory and defeat.

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, apparently a frequentative of mahaignier 'maim'.

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There are 2 definitions of mangle in English:

mangle2

Syllabification: man·gle
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈmaNGgəl/

noun

  • 1A large machine for ironing sheets or other fabrics, usually when they are damp, using heated rollers.
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    • At seven in the evening they broke off to run the hotel linen through the mangle.
    • The sheets were not ironed but were put through a mangle - like a large wringer - which flattened them.
  • 1.1chiefly British A machine having two or more cylinders turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed (to remove excess moisture) and pressed.
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    • ‘If I wasn't at school, I had to turn the handle on the mangle while mum put the sheets through,’ Peter recalls.
    • She does not have a TV and her washing machine is an archaic model involving rubber hoses and a handle-operated mangle.
    • The garden also contains a vintage mechanical washing machine as well as antique ploughs, mangles and bacon slicers.

verb

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  • Press or squeeze with a mangle.

Origin

late 17th century: from Dutch mangel, from mangelen 'to mangle', from medieval Latin mango, manga, from Greek manganon 'axis, engine'.

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