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 <
the crowd began to disassemble
disassembly noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — 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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