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dismantle

[dis-man-tl]
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verb (used with object), dis·man·tled, dis·man·tling.
  1. to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.: to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress.
  2. to disassemble or pull down; take apart: They dismantled the machine and shipped it in pieces.
  3. 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 formsdis·man·tle·ment, noundis·man·tler, nounun·dis·man·tled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dismantlement

Historical Examples

  • There were three here now, all in advanced stages of dismantlement.

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • Then came the dismantlement of Athens by Lysander and the dismemberment of the old democracy.

  • And there were three groundcars, all in various stages of breakdown or dismantlement.

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay


British Dictionary definitions for dismantlement

dismantle

verb (tr)
  1. to take apart
  2. to demolish or raze
  3. to strip of covering
Derived Formsdismantlement, noundismantler, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Old French desmanteler to remove a cloak from; see mantle
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Word Origin and History for dismantlement

dismantle

v.

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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