tear·​down | \ ˈter-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce teardown (audio) \

Definition of teardown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of disassembling

tear down

tore down; torn down; tearing down; tears down

Definition of tear down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to decompose or disintegrate
b : vilify, denigrate trying to tear down his reputation
2 : to take apart : disassemble tear down an engine

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Examples of teardown in a Sentence


vandals tore down the wooden fence blocking the entrance to the beach the new owners apparently bought the house just to tear it down and build a lavish mansion in its place

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The teardown of the Model 3, however, resulted in a higher estimated cost of the vehicle’s batteries. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Is a $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Envisioned by Musk Profitable? UBS Says No," 16 Aug. 2018 The teardown confirms specs that have been previously revealed, including 8GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and an Nvidia Tegra X2 SoC. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iFixit dissects the $2,299 Magic Leap One so you don’t have to," 23 Aug. 2018 Milwaukee Brewers One of the beneficiaries of the Marlins’ roster teardown, the Brewers were expected to make a playoff run after acquiring one of the league’s premier young talents in Christian Yelich and signing the ever-consistent Lorenzo Cain. Kenny Ducey, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: The NL Central Is Baseball's Most Exciting Division," 29 June 2018 Most of the vast teardown will wait until February — following the opening of the Highway 99 tunnel — but the Sodo ramp had to go to make room for a new Dearborn Street intersection. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 Despite having the same estimated battery life as the Series 3, the Series 4's new battery stands out among the details of the teardown. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Teardown reveals big changes inside the Apple Watch Series 4," 25 Sep. 2018 On schedule as always, iFixit has documented teardowns of the new Mac mini and MacBook Air and given them each a repairability score. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iFixit tears down the Mac mini and MacBook Air," 9 Nov. 2018 The teardown also confirms recent reports that the 2018 MacBook Air’s battery is much easier to replace. Jon Porter, The Verge, "iFixit’s MacBook Air teardown is here, and there’s good and bad news," 9 Nov. 2018 Its teardown reveals lots of adhesive, even more magnets, and only a few surprises inside the newest Apple tablet. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of teardown


1926, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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