tear·​down | \ˈter-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of teardown 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of disassembling

tear 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Inspection was on Tuesday, and the teams do the actual teardown themselves. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Harvick’s championship berth spoiled by NASCAR inspectors," 7 Nov. 2018 According to a teardown of the latest version of the Google app by 9to5Google, Google will be selling a new accessory for the Pixel 3 called the Pixel Stand. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 3 rumors: A giant notch, big bezels, and an intriguing dock," 30 July 2018 When the home was listed—and marketed as a teardown—Mr. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Revitalizing a Michigan Midcentury Marvel," 15 Nov. 2018 There’s even a new antenna line running along the bottom of the phone as discovered by a recent iFixit teardown, which should have helped with reception. Dami Lee, The Verge, "iPhone XS and XS Max users are reporting poor cell and Wi-Fi reception," 24 Sep. 2018 But this teardown, unsurprisingly, reveals a few more important processors and construction elements. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iFixit dissects the $2,299 Magic Leap One so you don’t have to," 23 Aug. 2018 This offseason was an ugly one for a team that’s seemingly embraced a rebuild, though there isn’t much to be enthusiastic about with regards to stage one of that teardown. SI.com, "Twins, Indians Headline Quiet Offseason in the Rebuilding AL Central," 8 Mar. 2018 The teardown in Miami has created opportunities for the players left behind, and Dietrich might benefit from that more than anyone. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Looking at the Fantasy Baseball Week Ahead," 2 Apr. 2018 When former Warriors executive Travis Schlenk took over last summer, his first step was a full-scale teardown. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Biggest Winners and Losers," 22 June 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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