Definition of mantelshelf in English:

mantelshelf

(also mantleshelf)

noun

  • 1A shelf above a fireplace.

    • ‘There was a soiled and tawdry mirror above a massive metal and marble clock supported by a lion couchant on the mantelshelf.’
    • ‘In the center of the mantelshelf is an unsigned French bronze doré and enamel clock of about 1820.’
    • ‘In the kitchen the original tins stand on the mantelshelf, an Edwardian overhead drying rack is operated by a pulley, and her father's old Gulbransen radio is on the table.’
    • ‘In the center of the mantelshelf is a gilt-bronze clock featuring a figure of George Washington based on Washington at the Battle of Trenton, painted in 1792 by John Trumbull.’
    • ‘Of the walls, one was occupied by the window, the other by a draped mantelshelf bristling with Cupids.’
    ledge, bracket, sill, rack
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Mountaineering
      A projecting ledge of rock.
    2. 1.2Mountaineering
      A move for climbing on to a projecting ledge of rock from below by pressing down on it with the hands to raise the upper body, enabling a foot or knee to reach the ledge.
      [as modifier] ‘the mantelshelf technique’
      • ‘Move left and up (poor peg runners) and make a difficult mantleshelf into the pink groove above (good wire low on right).’

verb

[NO OBJECT]Mountaineering
  • Perform a mantelshelf move.

    ‘she mantelshelfed on a hold as big as a dinner plate’
    • ‘I sweated and struggled and faffed with the gear explosion that dangled from every gear loop I had until I finally mantleshelfed into a small crawlway eight metres or so above Hils.’

Pronunciation:

mantelshelf

/ˈmant(ə)lʃɛlf/