- 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
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Examples from the Web for dismantlement
There were three here now, all in advanced stages of dismantlement.
Then came the dismantlement of Athens by Lysander and the dismemberment of the old democracy.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
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And there were three groundcars, all in various stages of breakdown or dismantlement.
- to take apart
- to demolish or raze
- to strip of covering
C17: from Old French desmanteler to remove a cloak from; see mantle
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Word Origin and History for dismantlement
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