- Dismantle is defined as to take apart or take to pieces.
When you take apart a Lego castle so all you have left is individual Legos, this is an example of when you dismantle the castle.
dismantle definition by Webster's New World
dismantle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb dis·man·tled, dis·man·tling, dis·man·tles
- a. To take apart; disassemble; tear down.b. To put an end to in a gradual systematic way: dismantling the cumbersome regulations for interstate trucking.
- To strip of furnishings or equipment: dismantled the house before knocking it down.
- To strip of covering or clothing.
Origin: 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).
- dis·manˈtle·ment noun