mantle NOUN 1) a woman's loose sleeveless cloak or shawl. 2) a close covering, such as that of snow. 3) (also gas mantle) a mesh cover fixed round a gas jet to give an incandescent light when heated. 4) an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the passing of Elijah's cloak (his mantle) to Elisha (2 Kings 2:13).] 5) Geology the region of the earth's interior between the crust and the core, consisting of hot, dense silicate rocks.
VERB literary cloak, envelop, or suffuse.
ORIGIN Latin mantellum 'cloak' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.