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 Vintage Macs usually require a full teardown and capacitor replacement before they can be safely powered up. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 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, "Jaguars vs. Vikings live stream (12/6): How to watch NFL Week 13 online, TV, time," 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, "iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 mini, shows how Apple crammed it all in," 16 Nov. 2020 Once a structure is designated as historic, a teardown is all but impossible. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Instead of wrecking ball, century-old Excelsior cottage gets new home," 20 Nov. 2020 As always, the focus of iFixit's teardown is on the repairability of the device. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 mini, shows how Apple crammed it all in," 16 Nov. 2020 Kelly faces his own issues starting Year 3 of a rebuild that has felt more like a teardown. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA and Chip Kelly embark on a season unlike any other hoping for change," 6 Nov. 2020 The groups clashed again over the final sign, with Hernández and another man imploring D.C. police to stop the teardown. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "How the Black Lives Matter memorial wall was resurrected after Trump supporters tore it down," 30 Oct. 2020 Certainly, the Orioles’ rebuild has a long way to go; heck, the teardown still isn’t complete. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Don't let the sinking prolong': After 223 losses in two years, upstart Orioles could hang around in 2020," 20 Aug. 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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“Teardown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teardown. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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