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tr.v. 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.
2. To strip of furnishings or equipment: dismantled the house before knocking it down.
3. To strip of covering or clothing.

[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·man′tle·ment n.
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1. the act of causing an organization or system to stop functioning by gradually reducing its power or purpose
2. the act or process of separating a machine or structure into its separate parts
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Noun1.dismantling - the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery); "Russia and the United States discussed the dismantling of their nuclear weapons"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
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"I hope what you have to tell me is worth the trouble, or else, I warn you, I will not pardon you for making me come here instead of getting a little rest after a night spent in taking and dismantling a bastion.
'The provincial administration ordered the dismantling because the construction owners encroached on the pavement by 3.7m, which also affects public lampposts."
BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) - US President Donald Trump thanked North Korea for announcing the dismantling of its nuclear test site ahead of the upcoming summit in Singapore.
The North's foreign ministry announced Saturday night that it will dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear test site between May 23 and 25, and will invite journalists from South Korea, China, Russia, the United States and Britain to cover the dismantling on-site.
He also said that work to remove the toll equipment, signboards and other movable assets would be carried out earlier before the dismantling of the physical structure.
A report will be presented to cabinet in mid November, and the contract for dismantling could then be awarded.
The Islamic Republic has been dismantling its centrifuges at an astonishing pace in what appears to be an effort by the Rohani Administration to get sanctions lifted before the Majlis elections on February 26.
Dismantling procedures in the oil complex in Pandacan district continue in time for the November deadline set by city hall officials in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling that terminated the stay of oil terminals in the area.
ANBAR/ Aswat al-Iraq: Joint Operations Command announced today the killing of a Da'ish group in Anbar province, in addition to dismantling a number of explosives.
Air Transat, in collaboration with Aerocycle, an aircraft dismantling and recycling specialist, has once again confirmed its steadfast commitment to sustainability principles by laying the foundations for a program for green dismantling of end-of-life-cycle aircraft.
Summary: Brussels - Twenty Spanish journalists and correspondents stayed in Laayoune before, during and after the dismantling of Gdeim Izik camp, Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri said on Monday in Brussels.