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.
- to strip of covering
- to strip (a house, ship, etc.) of furniture, equipment, means of defense, etc.
- to take apart; disassemble
Origin of dismantleOld French desmanteller, to take off one's cloak: see dis- and amp; mantle
transitive verbdis·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 of dismantleObsolete 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).
(third-person singular simple present dismantles, present participle dismantling, simple past and past participle dismantled)
From Middle French desmanteler, itself from des- (“dis-”), mantel (“coat”) + -er (verbal suffix).