What does the word mangle mean?

Usage examples for mangle

  1. To avoid a perturbing factor, we will assume that his wife, too, exercises her arms in an unusual degree: keeps a mangle, and has all the custom of the neighbourhood. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. I have seen Deerfoot shocked more than once at the horrible style in which you mangle the king's English. – The Lost Trail by Edward S. Ellis
  3. 160 Thus made answer and spake, or rather stammered than answered: " Such a message as that, I am sure I should mangle and mar it; If you would have it well done,- I am only repeating your maxim,- You must do it yourself, you must not leave it to others!" – Narrative and Lyric Poems (first series) for use in the Lower School by O. J. Stevenson