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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Time is needed before and after the festival for setup and teardown. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland.com, "Berea municipal parking lot to close for Grindstone Festival: Community Voices," 1 July 2019 The roughly 9,000-square-foot home is in good condition but could be a teardown, as many homes in the area are larger and more modern. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Aspen Home of Late Art Collector Lists for $23.5 Million," 26 June 2019 The project took a year of planning and required a complete teardown of the car's interior, including door panels and gaskets. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "And Now, the World's First Homemade Tesla Truck," 19 June 2019 As if on cue from its recent teardown, iFixit is selling its first Mac mini RAM replacement kit. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "iFixit’s RAM toolkit will help new Mac mini owners save on upgrades," 5 Dec. 2018 One of the unexpected things that emerges from this teardown is that the Powerbeats Pro use the same coin cell battery as Samsung’s Galaxy Buds do. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Powerbeats Pro teardown shows commonalities with AirPods and Galaxy Buds," 9 June 2019 In 2005, Papinchak saw an article in the paper about plans to move a Wright home in Illinois, threatened with teardown, to nearby Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 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

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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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