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

dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
undismantled, adjective
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dismantle (dɪsˈmæntəl)
1.  to take apart
2.  to demolish or raze
3.  to strip of covering
[C17: from Old French desmanteler to remove a cloak from; see mantle]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, from M.Fr. desmanteler "to tear down the walls of a fortress," lit. "strip of a cloak," from des- "off, away" + manteler "to cloak" (see mantle). Related: Dismantled; dismantling.
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Example sentences
If you decide to remove your old bin, however, take care in dismantling it.
He might know some things that would be helpful in dismantling the organization
  he leads.
It had no use for this national infrastructure and set about, quite
  deliberately, dismantling it.
The crowd dispersed, and workers began dismantling the sets.
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