Dis*man"tle (?), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Dismantled (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Dismantling (?).] [F. démanteler,
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.
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.
A dismantled house, without windows or shutters
to keep out the rain. Macaulay.
3. To disable; to render useless.
Syn. -- To demo&?;sh; raze. See Demol&?;sh.