mantle (

     n 1: the cloak as a symbol of authority; "place the mantle of
          authority on younger shoulders"
     2: United States baseball player (1931-1997) [syn: Mantle, {Mickey
        Mantle}, Mickey Charles Mantle]
     3: the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
     4: anything that covers; "there was a blanket of snow" [syn: blanket]
     5: (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or
        brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell
        [syn: pallium]
     6: shelf that projects from wall above fireplace; "in England
        they call a mantel a chimneypiece" [syn: mantel, mantelpiece,
         mantlepiece, chimneypiece]
     7: hanging cloth used as a blind [syn: curtain, drape, drapery,
     8: a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter [syn: cape]
     v 1: spread over a surface, like a mantle
     2: cover like a mantle: "The ivy mantles the building"