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[dis-man-tl] /dɪsˈmæn tl/
verb (used with object), dismantled, dismantling.
to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.:
to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress.
to disassemble or pull down; take apart:
They dismantled the machine and shipped it in pieces.
to divest of dress, covering, etc.:
The wind dismantled the trees of their leaves.
Origin of dismantle
From the Middle French word desmanteler, dating back to 1570-80. See dis-1, mantle
Related forms
dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
undismantled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Tonight I dismantle this, and tomorrow start reconstructing it for Isaak's head.

    The Ideal Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • Therefore did the magnanimous Burl dismantle himself at once.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • In the meantime, dismantle the press and give me the plates, for I must save them.

    The Barrel Mystery

    William J. (William James) Flynn
  • To-morrow, when they begin to dismantle my nurseries, I do not know how I shall bear it.

    An Isle in the Water Katharine Tynan
  • This done, it was thought prudent to dismantle and evacuate the stockade.

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for dismantle


verb (transitive)
to take apart
to demolish or raze
to strip of covering
Derived Forms
dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French desmanteler to remove a cloak from; see mantle
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Word Origin and History for dismantle

1570s, from Middle French desmanteler "to tear down the walls of a fortress," literally "strip of a cloak," from des- "off, away" (see dis-) + manteler "to cloak" (see mantle). Related: Dismantled; dismantling.

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