from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of mantelpiece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shelf that projects from the wall above a fireplace; a mantel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See mantelpiece.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shelf that projects from wall above fireplace


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  • Just in front of him on the mantlepiece was a photograph of his grandfather, old Jolyon, taken in his eighties — the last record of that old face, its broad brow, and white moustache, its sunken cheeks, deep, steady eyes, and strong jaw.

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  • On the mantlepiece was a little old daguerreotype, slightly pinked in the cheeks, of his grandfather — ‘Superior Dosset’ set in a deep, enamelled frame.

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  • On the walls of his bed-room and over the mantlepiece was a text emblazoned, on which at evening and morning he could look, which read:

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  • Family GuyFamily Guy inherited the dysfunctional family mantle - or perhaps mantlepiece, since it's still all suburban - and pushed the boundaries further than The Simpsons has in a long time, frequently offending at least eight separate special interest groups in one 23 minute show.

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  • I gazed on the picture of my mother, which stood over the mantlepiece.

    Chapter 6

  • Waking up the next morning, looking up at the grandiose corniced ceilings, marble mantlepiece and antique dressing table, I felt like a slightly less evil Marie Antoinette.

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  • One almost expects to see some little Disney-like figures of our presidents on the mantlepiece, and some Venetian blinds at the windows.

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  • Today, when nuclear weapons have already become frightening mantlepiece decorations that are losing their real operational value with each passing day, financial war has become a “hyperstrategic” weapon that is attracting the attention of the world.

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  • In fact, because of her super-abilities and the intervention of a random genetic engineer in the epilogue a gun that was only barely and somewhat conveniently laid on the mantlepiece in the main narrative, she may be the future of humanity.

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  • Like that famous theatrical axiom that if there's a gun on the mantlepiece in the first act it had better be used by the final act, once you've stuck in a character like that, he's gotta do what he's gotta do: if he doesn't do anything, he shouldn't even be there.

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