verb (used with object), dis·man·tled, dis·man·tling.

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 formsdis·man·tle·ment, noundis·man·tler, nounun·dis·man·tled, adjective
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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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for dismantle


verb (tr)

to take apart
to demolish or raze
to strip of covering
Derived Formsdismantlement, noundismantler, noun

Word Origin for dismantle

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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