1. To unfold and spread out the wings, like a mantle; said of hawks. Also used figuratively. Ne is there hawk which mantleth on her perch. (Spenser) Or tend his sparhawk mantling in her mew. (bp. Hall) My frail fancy fed with full delight. Doth bathe in bliss, and mantleth most at ease. (Spenser)
1. A loose garment to be worn over other garments; an enveloping robe; a cloak. Hence, figuratively, a covering or concealing envelope. [The] children are clothed with mantles of satin. (Bacon) The green mantle of the standing pool. (Shak) Now nature hangs her mantle green on every blooming tree. (Burns)
2. Same as Mantling.
Origin: oe. Mantel, OF. Mantel, f. Manteau, fr. L. Mantellum, mantelum, a cloth, napkin, cloak, mantle (cf. Mantele, mantile, towel, napkin); prob. From manus hand _ the root of tela cloth. See manual, textile, and cf. Mandil, mantel, Mantilla.