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Noun: dismantling  ,dis'man-tu-ling
  1. The act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
    "Russia and the United States discussed the dismantling of their nuclear weapons";
    - dismantlement, disassembly
Verb: dismantle  dis'man-t(u)l
  1. Tear down so as to make flat with the ground
    "When a force occupies an enemy fortress, it may dismantle the fortifications";
    - level, raze, rase, tear down, take down, pull down
  2. Take apart into its constituent pieces
    - disassemble, take apart, break up, break apart
  3. Take off or remove
    - strip

Derived forms: dismantlings

Type of: activity, destroy, destruct, remove, spifflicate [Brit, informal], spiflicate [Brit, informal], take, take away, uncreate [literary], withdraw