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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.
Origin of dismantle
1570-80; < Middle French desmanteler. See dis-1, mantle
Related forms
dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
undismantled, adjective Unabridged
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  • "You can bet their first reaction would be to dismantle the ship at sight," Garth informed him.

    Deepfreeze Robert Donald Locke
  • 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.

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
  • I'll have to send a truck after it, and dismantle it before I can get it home.

    Tom Swift and his Air Scout Victor Appleton
  • Linda had shown both temper and determination at the proposal to dismantle the library and dispose of the cars.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for dismantle


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 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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