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mandrel Line breaks: man|drel
Pronunciation: /ˈmandr(ə)l/

Definition of mandrel in English:


1A shaft or spindle in a lathe, to which work is fixed while being turned.
Example sentences
  • While the mandrel is rotating, a layer of shrink-wrap tape is applied to the outside of the composite material.
  • Attach these mandrels to an electric motor to make a high quality, low cost work station for various sanding, polishing and buffing operations.
  • The drill is switched on and the mandrel rotates.
2A rod round which metal or other material is forged or shaped.
Example sentences
  • Larger rings can be fabricated by forging over a mandrel.
  • The heat generated by the mandrel causes the two materials to briefly reach their melting temperature and combine.
  • The body of the flute is made by winding carbon fibre around a metal mandrel, using a machine, and then impregnating it with epoxy resin.
3British A miner’s pick.


Early 16th century (in sense 3): of unknown origin.

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