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

Verb 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The couple did not even entertain the idea of a teardown. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Other would-be buyers viewed the modest old house as a teardown. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 The need for new capabilities doesn't have to imply the teardown of the current architecture. Bruno Mourao, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The feature was first discovered in mid-November when a teardown of the app found code describing functionality that wasn’t enabled in the app. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Apr. 2021 Vintage Macs usually require a full teardown and capacitor replacement before they can be safely powered up. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2020 The Jaguars, 9-30 since October 2018, initiated an aggressive teardown before last season and fired general manager Dave Caldwell last week. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 6 Dec. 2020 For a closer look at what's on the logic board, an examination of some of the differences between the US and EU versions of this phone, and more insights about repairability, check out iFixit's full teardown. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2020 Once a structure is designated as historic, a teardown is all but impossible. Katy Read, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020

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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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9 Jul 2021

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“Teardown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teardown. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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