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dis·​mount (ˌ)dis-ˈmau̇nt How to pronounce dismount (audio)
dismounted; dismounting; dismounts

transitive verb

: to throw down or remove from a mount or an elevated position
especially : unhorse

intransitive verb

obsolete : descend
: to alight from an elevated position (as on a horse)
also : to get out of an enclosed craft or vehicle


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: the act of dismounting

Examples of dismount in a Sentence

Verb The cyclist dismounted and walked her bike across the street. The gymnast dismounted from the parallel bars.
Recent Examples on the Web
Camacho dismounted, put Justin in a safe position and stepped toward the charging horse with his arms out but not waving. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2023 According to a media release from the MPS, the driver was originally pulled over due to erratic driving and was ordered to turn off the engine and dismount the motorbike. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 Watch on When Italian paratroopers of the 9th Assault Regiment dismounted from VM90 trucks to flush out attacking mortar teams on foot, Aidid’s militia managed to steal one of their vehicles. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2023 The checkpoint staff scanned his animals, looked over the vet book, scribbled a few notes and just like that, Peck was off, never dismounting his sled runners. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2023 Johnson dismounted, light, quick, barely making a sound. Jeffrey Gettleman, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2023 Indianapolis Star South Knox took on the persona of a rodeo bull, busting loose from the gate and dismounting Lawrenceville early with a 16-5 verdict in Indiana high school softball action on April 12. Indy Star Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2023 Before dismounting to check things out, Richard took a moment. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 There the girls watched as some of the women climbed into a long canoe, dismounted on the other side, and then proceeded to board the waiting plane. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2023
Later evolutions include the roper style, which features a shorter, flat heel for quick dismounts and was spurred by the popular rodeo event. Naomi Rougeau, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2023 This vehicle, with a crew of three and capacity for six dismounts, was seen active in Kharkiv when Russia invaded, and remained operational early in 2023. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 2 Sep. 2023 The slides also have expanded dismount benches at the bottom, where kids who need extra assistance can get help without worrying about holding up the slide for others. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2023 From Daniels’ perspective, whether he was given a more graceful dismount or fired are more about public messaging than about actual events. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2023 Her full-twisting double-back dismount from the balance beam, hastily scrapped the last time she was seen in gymnastics competition two years ago, was back. Maggie Astor, New York Times, 6 Aug. 2023 Thankfully, her unique gainer tucked full dismount was already hands-free. Helen Li, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 Showing no signs of the nerves that plagued her performance on beam during qualifications, Chiles added in a more difficult double pike dismount to eek out some additional points and stuck the landing. Alice Park/tokyo, Time, 27 July 2021 Swinging on the bars, Ciena Alipio suddenly peeled off during her dismount. Helen Li, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History



probably modification of Middle French desmonter, from des- dis- + monter to mount

First Known Use


1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dismount was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Dismount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismount. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to get down from something (as a horse)
: to remove or throw down especially from a horse
dismount noun

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