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 for dismantling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dismantle \Dis*man"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismantled; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Dismantling.] [F. d['e]manteler, OF.
     desmanteler; pref: des- (L. dis-) + manteler to cover with a
     cloak, defend, fr. mantel, F. manteau, cloak. See Mantle.]
     1. To strip or deprive of dress; to divest.
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     2. To strip of furniture and equipments, guns, etc.; to
        unrig; to strip of walls or outworks; to break down; as,
        to dismantle a fort, a town, or a ship.
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              A dismantled house, without windows or shutters to
              keep out the rain.                    --Macaulay.
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     3. To disable; to render useless. --Comber.
     Syn: To demo?sh; raze. See Demol?sh.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of taking something apart (as a piece of
           machinery); "Russia and the United States discussed the
           dismantling of their nuclear weapons" [syn: dismantling,
           dismantlement, disassembly] [ant: assemblage,
           assembly, fabrication, gathering]

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