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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Man·gle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mangled p. pr. & vb. n. Mangling ]
 1. To cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; to tear in cutting; to cut in a bungling manner; to lacerate; to mutilate.
    Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail.   --Milton.
 2. To mutilate or injure, in making, doing, or performing; as, to mangle a piece of music or a recitation.
    To mangle a play or a novel.   --Swift.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 mangled
      adj 1: having edges that are jagged from injury [syn: lacerate, lacerated,
              torn]
      2: (of compositions e.g.) damaged; "a mutilated text" [syn: mutilated]