Definition of mantelshelf in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmant(ə)lʃɛlf/
(also mantleshelf)


1A shelf above a fireplace.
Example sentences
  • In the kitchen the original tins stand on the mantelshelf, an Edwardian overhead drying rack is operated by a pulley, and her father's old Gulbransen radio is on the table.
  • There was a soiled and tawdry mirror above a massive metal and marble clock supported by a lion couchant on the mantelshelf.
  • Of the walls, one was occupied by the window, the other by a draped mantelshelf bristling with Cupids.
1.1 Climbing A projecting ledge of rock.
1.2 Climbing A move for climbing on to a projecting ledge of rock from below by pressing down on it with the hands to raise the upper body, enabling a foot or knee to reach the ledge: [as modifier]: the mantelshelf technique
More example sentences
  • Move left and up (poor peg runners) and make a difficult mantleshelf into the pink groove above (good wire low on right).


[no object] Climbing
Perform a mantelshelf move: she mantelshelfed on a hold as big as a dinner plate
More example sentences
  • I sweated and struggled and faffed with the gear explosion that dangled from every gear loop I had until I finally mantleshelfed into a small crawlway eight metres or so above Hils.

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