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

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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 According to Bertolet, Seattle, which has its fair share of teardowns, has looked at tweaking some zoning policies to upzone certain single-family neighborhoods. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How teardowns hurt housing affordability, and how to fix it," 11 July 2018 The stadium is expected to go dark next year for the teardown and reconstruction, and reopen in the spring of 2020. OregonLive.com, "Designs for new Hayward Field should be made public soon; Oregon track & field rundown," 15 Apr. 2018 Popovich, who is 69 and probably will not be around to reap the rewards of a complete teardown, is one. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "For Spurs, one option still unthinkable," 30 June 2018 Despite the drug dealing, the area has vastly improved as a result of the teardowns, Forest Service officials say. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Baltimore is mired in violent crime. Could part of the solution be found in reclaimed wood?," 10 June 2018 According to Huawei, only the 8-megapixel telephoto lens officially has hardware OIS, but, as seen in the teardown, all three lenses seem to have the stabilizing hardware on board, which is a nice bonus. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Huawei’s P20 Pro has more optical image stabilization than we thought," 9 Apr. 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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