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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.
1570-80; < Middle French desmanteler. See dis-1, mantle
Related forms
dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
undismantled, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dismantling


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 dismantling



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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