1. [syn: dismantling, dismantlement, disassembly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dismantle \Dis*man"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismantled; p.
pr. & vb. n. Dismantling.] [F. d['e]manteler, OF.
desmanteler; pref: des- (L. dis-) + manteler to cover with a
cloak, defend, fr. mantel, F. manteau, cloak. See Mantle.]
1. To strip or deprive of dress; to divest.
2. To strip of furniture and equipments, guns, etc.; to
unrig; to strip of walls or outworks; to break down; as,
to dismantle a fort, a town, or a ship.
A dismantled house, without windows or shutters to
keep out the rain. --Macaulay.
3. To disable; to render useless. --Comber.
Syn: To demo?sh; raze. See Demol?sh.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of taking something apart (as a piece of
machinery); "Russia and the United States discussed the
dismantling of their nuclear weapons" [syn: dismantling,
dismantlement, disassembly] [ant: assemblage,
assembly, fabrication, gathering]