from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take apart; disassemble; tear down.
- transitive v. To put an end to in a gradual systematic way: dismantling the cumbersome regulations for interstate trucking.
- transitive v. To strip of furnishings or equipment: dismantled the house before knocking it down.
- transitive v. To strip of covering or clothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To divest, strip of dress or covering
- v. To remove fittings or furnishings from
- v. To take apart; to disassemble; to take to pieces
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To strip or deprive of dress; to divest.
- transitive v. To strip of furniture and equipments, guns, etc.; to unrig; to strip of walls or outworks; to break down.
- transitive v. To disable; to render useless.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of dress; strip; divest; undress.
- To loose; throw open or off; undo.
- Specifically—3. To deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipments, defenses, or the like: as, to dismantle a ship, a fortress, a town, etc.
- To break down; make useless; destroy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take apart into its constituent pieces
- v. take off or remove
- v. tear down so as to make flat with the ground
Obsolete French desmanteler, to raze fortifications round a town, from Old French : des-, dis- + (em)manteler, to cover with a coat, shelter (ultimately from mantel, cloak; see mantle).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French desmanteler, itself from des- ("dis-"), mantel ("coat") + -er (verbal suffix). (Wiktionary)