To take a vehicle or major component (e.g., the engine) apart in order to repair or restore the vehicle or component or to sell or recycle them. Also called "dismantle."

Dictionary of automotive terms. 2015.

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  • disassemble — dis as*sem ble v. t. 1. to take apart; to disconnect the parts of; to convert a whole into its constituent pieces. Syn: dismantle, take apart, break apart, break up. [PJC] 2. (Computers) to convert a computer program in machine language into an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disassemble — dis as*sem ble v. i. to be able to come apart easily; to be converted into constituent parts; as, the rifle disassembles into small pieces for concealment. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disassemble — index disable, disjoint Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • disassemble — 1610s, to disperse; see DIS (Cf. dis ) + ASSEMBLE (Cf. assemble). Meaning to take apart is from 1922. Related: Disassembled; disassembling; disassembly …   Etymology dictionary

  • disassemble — see dissemble …   Modern English usage

  • disassemble — ☆ disassemble [dis΄ə sem′bəl, dis′ə sem΄bəl] vt. disassembled, disassembling to take apart ☆ disassembly [dis΄ə sem′blē, dis′ə sem΄blē] n …   English World dictionary

  • disassemble — verb Date: 1903 transitive verb to take apart < disassemble a watch > intransitive verb 1. to come apart < the frame disassembles into sections > 2. disperse, scatter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • disassemble — UK [ˌdɪsəˈsemb(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms disassemble : present tense I/you/we/they disassemble he/she/it disassembles present participle disassembling past tense disassembled past participle disassembled formal to take something… …   English dictionary

  • disassemble — disassembly, n. /dis euh sem beuhl/, v., disassembled, disassembling. v.t. 1. to take apart. v.i. 2. to come apart: These shelves disassemble quickly for easy moving. [1605 15; DIS 1 + ASSEMBLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • disassemble — verb To take to pieces; to reverse the process of assembly. To perform the repair it was necessary to disassemble most of the mechanism. See Also: assembly, disassembly, disassembler …   Wiktionary

  • disassemble — See dissemble. See dissemble, disassemble …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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