I am confused about using dismantling and disassembling when it comes to furniture like door or chair. Can we say we dismantle a door or disassemble a door or simply broke them apart,pull it out or something else? Machines are usually dismantled. A fitted thing is not dismantled or disassembled?


if the door itself was broken into smaller pieces, can we use any one word or should we use words like broken into or taken apart.For example a child may ask - can the fitted pieces of wood be taken apart or pulled out to be used again - although it may not be possible - how will I explain it to him?

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    Although the terms are reasonably close synonyms, 'disassemble' carries at least a strong sense that the parts will be kept safe, ready for reassembly. 'Dismantle' has a hint of a cruder approach (if not a demolition job). // Though I can't find dictionary support, contributors at Proz.com.) seem to agree. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 22 '20 at 17:34
  • Chairs and furniture are not "fitted" usually, but doors and cabinets are. So doors and cabinets can be taken down, but chairs or furniture would be taken apart. – Cascabel Nov 22 '20 at 17:46
  • " Can we say we dismantle a door" You can say that but what do you want it to mean? Do you mean that the door was removed from its position in the doorway or do you mean that door itself was broken into smaller pieces? – chasly - supports Monica Nov 22 '20 at 19:07
  • @chasly-supportsMonica Exactly...the Q is unclear. Doors can only be broken down into wood, hinges and door knobs. How is furniture dismantled? Is it chopped up for firewood? Machinery is dismantled for re-cycle. I was gonna answer, but now I am VTCing for lack of clarity. – Cascabel Nov 22 '20 at 20:42
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    @Cascabel okay and thanks for editing my question. – Arun kumar Nov 23 '20 at 21:33

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