Pronunciation: (dis-man'tl), [key]
—v.t., -tled, -tling.
1. to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.: to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress.
2. to disassemble or pull down; take apart: They dismantled the machine and shipped it in pieces.
3. to divest of dress, covering, etc.: The wind dismantled the trees of their leaves.
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