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 for mangle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mangle \Man"gle\ (m[a^][ng]"g'l), v. t. [Cf. D. mangelen. See
     Mangle, n.]
     To smooth with a mangle, as damp linen or cloth.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  mangle \man"gle\, n. [D. mangel, fr. OE. mangonel a machine for
     throwing stones, LL. manganum, Gr. ? a machine for defending
     fortifications, axis of a pulley. Cf. Mangonel.]
     A machine for smoothing linen or cotton cloth, as sheets,
     tablecloths, napkins, and clothing, by roller pressure, often
     with heated rollers.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Mangle rack (Mach.), a contrivance for converting
        continuous circular motion into reciprocating rectilinear
        motion, by means of a rack and pinion, as in the mangle.
        The pinion is held to the rack by a groove in such a
        manner that it passes alternately from one side of the
        rack to the other, and thus gives motion to it in opposite
        directions, according to the side in which its teeth are
        engaged.
  
     Mangle wheel, a wheel in which the teeth, or pins, on its
        face, are interrupted on one side, and the pinion, working
        in them, passes from inside to outside of the teeth
        alternately, thus converting the continuous circular
        motion of the pinion into a reciprocating circular motion
        of the wheel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mangle \Man"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mangled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Mangling.] [A frequentative fr. OE. manken to main, AS.
     mancian, in bemancian to mutilate, fr. L. mancus maimed;
     perh. akin to G. mangeln to be wanting.]
     1. To cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a
        ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; to tear in
        cutting; to cut in a bungling manner; to lacerate; to
        mutilate.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail.
                                                    --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To mutilate or injure, in making, doing, or performing;
        as, to mangle a piece of music or a recitation.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              To mangle a play or a novel.          --Swift.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mangle
      n 1: clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it
           between two heavy heated rollers
      v 1: press with a mangle; "mangle the sheets"
      2: injure badly by beating [syn: maul, mangle]
      3: alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered
         the French language" [syn: mangle, mutilate, murder]
      4: destroy or injure severely; "The madman mutilates art work"
         [syn: mutilate, mangle, cut up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "mangle":
     bung up, butcher, calender, contort, cripple, crush, cut, damage,
     deface, defoliate, deform, denude, destroy, disfigure, dismember,
     distort, draw and quarter, flay, hack, hot-press, impair, injure,
     iron, lacerate, maim, mar, maul, mutilate, peel, pick to pieces,
     press, pull apart, roll, ruin, shred, skin, spoil, strip,
     take apart, tear apart, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, wreck
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  mangle
   vt.
  
      1. Used similarly to mung or scribble, but more violent in its
      connotations; something that is mangled has been irreversibly and totally
      trashed.
  
      2. To produce the mangled name corresponding to a C++ declaration.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  mangle
  
     Used similarly to mung or scribble, but more violent
     in its connotations; something that is mangled has been
     irreversibly and totally trashed.
  

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