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

Definition of dismount

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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



Definition of dismount (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of dismounting

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dismount

Synonyms: Verb

alight, descend, disembark, get down, light

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of dismount in a Sentence


The cyclist dismounted and walked her bike across the street. The gymnast dismounted from the parallel bars.

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Video shows a man in his 60s was cycling westbound on Golf Course Drive before attempting to dismount his bike as a southbound train hit him, according to Rohnert Park police. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "Second deadly SMART train collision in two days shuts down service," 28 June 2019 Here are my picks, including where to rent, insider tips and what’s worth dismounting for: Balboa Park, just northeast of downtown San Diego, was laid out in 1868 at what was then the outer edge of the city. David Swanson, latimes.com, "A freewheeling guide to two-wheeling in San Diego, a city made for cycling," 24 June 2018 According to trial testimony, Bashir shot Laboy before the motorcycle officer was able to fully dismount his bike. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Five-and-a-half years ago, he nearly killed a police officer. Should he be free?," 5 June 2018 To follow the letter of the law, please dismount and walk your bike at these locations. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "The Mellow Chicago Bike Map: Our guide to the lowest-stress routes in the city," 20 June 2018 Most of the French knights at Poitiers—heeding the lessons of Crécy, where their unarmored horses were felled by the enemy’s longbowmen—fought dismounted. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The Black Prince’ Review: When Knighthood Was in Flower," 6 June 2018 Arcus, the last competitor on the rings, hung out near the main judging table immediately after dismounting. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Boys gymnastics notes: Niles North's Ben Arcus takes unique path to state," 14 May 2018 Aboard his Mojo SL, Don was nervous and halting and repeatedly dismounted at steep sections and rocky obstacles. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Why It's Worth Spending Big Bucks on a Bike," 10 Apr. 2018 The supporters contended a jump should stand if the competitor dismounted the mat before the bar fell. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Neumann-Goretti girls set 4×800 school record at Penn Relays," 27 Apr. 2018

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The cheers continued into the parade ring with Dettori whipping the crowd into a frenzy with his famous flying dismount. Ben Church, CNN, "Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius win Gold Cup at Royal Ascot," 20 June 2019 Emmert might as well dismount from the high horse, hand in his sheriff’s badge and enter the transfer portal to irrelevance. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "As the NCAA readies its case, Arizona should brace for the worst (just ask USC)," 13 June 2019 Canyon boasts a handful of twisty sections (including one sharp turn that may call for beginner riders to dismount), but Benjamin is where intermediate riders will truly begin hootin’ and hollerin’ with glee. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Competing on the still rings May 1 at the Mundelein Sectional, the Rolling Meadows junior finished his routine with a double-back dismount. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Boys gymnastics notes: Benjamin Kowalski paces Rolling Meadows at sectional meet," 8 May 2018 Temporary signs reminded bicyclists and skateboarders to yield at pedestrian crossings and dismount in high-traffic areas. Daniel Langhorne, latimes.com, "Orange Coast College previews campus bike loop," 20 Apr. 2018 And then, to top it off, Tonka sometimes wouldn’t let Kayla dismount. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Kayla Reinagel rides for her life," 12 Apr. 2018 On bars, Hurd landed full-twisting double back dismount. Maggie Hendricks, USA TODAY, "World champion Morgan Hurd shines again at American Cup," 3 Mar. 2018 RodeoHouston's favorite bareback rider landed awkwardly on a dismount during his Super Series, tearing the meniscus in his left knee, and eventually ending his fifth trip to the hometown rodeo early. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Rodeo report: The Woodlands' Richie Champion exits bareback competition with injury," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dismount


1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dismount


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

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English Language Learners Definition of dismount

: to get down from something (such as a horse or bicycle)


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

Kids Definition of dismount

: to get down from something (as a horse or bicycle)

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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