dis·​as·​sem·​ble | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce disassemble (audio) \
disassembled; disassembling; disassembles

Definition of disassemble

transitive verb

: to take apart disassemble a watch

intransitive verb

1 : to come apart the frame disassembles into sections
2 : disperse, scatter the crowd began to disassemble

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disassembly \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈsem-​blē How to pronounce disassembly (audio) \ noun

Examples of disassemble in a Sentence

The bookshelf disassembles for easy storage. they had to disassemble the television set in order to replace the wiring

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Once disassembled, the company will use each component to be processed further into a usable raw material in order to manufacture new products. Allen Kim, CNN, "Walmart's massive car seat recycling program starts today. It's big news for parents -- and the environment," 16 Sep. 2019 In 1998, the organ was disassembled and loaded into crates, spending the next 15 years in the workshop of the Crome Organ Company in Reno, Nev. The restoration process took four years. Darryn King, WSJ, "In ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ a Key Player Pipes Up," 10 Sep. 2018 The giant clock-type machinery that controls the light has been disassembled and rebuilt. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Point Reyes Lighthouse’s rebirth: Mystery solved, $5 million renovation done," 31 Aug. 2019 The robot, which debuted last year, can disassemble 15 different iPhone models (from the iPhone 5 up) at a rate of 200 devices per hour. Fortune, "Someday, Apple May Make Your New iPhone Out of Pieces of Your Old iPhone," 19 Aug. 2019 But the most remarkable monster of all might just be the Jangly Man, a disjointed creature capable of disassembling and resembling its body parts at will. Christian Holub, EW.com, "How actor Troy James created the Jangly Man for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," 10 Aug. 2019 The hard and sometimes dangerous work of disassembling a tree with a chain saw is done. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Stack Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 Among its innovations: A robotic recycling system called Daisy, which can disassemble up to 200 iPhones per hour and separate them into their component parts for eventual reuse. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "The Change the World Sustainability All Stars," 19 Aug. 2019 Many ships, however, were never fully disassembled. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Jagged remains of more than 100 ghostly ships rest forever in Mallows Bay," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disassemble

1881, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of disassemble was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of disassemble

: to disconnect the pieces of (something)
: to come apart into smaller pieces


dis·​as·​sem·​ble | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce disassemble (audio) \
disassembled; disassembling

Kids Definition of disassemble

: to take apart They disassembled the toy racetrack.

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