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    dismantle

    Does "dismantle" carry of the meaning of "gradually reducing power"? I read in a book a phrase which translated dismantle into Chinese as dianfu, litterally meaning "overturn", but without the sense of gradually.

    The phrase I came across is something like "dismantle the Axis" after introducing a series of events.

    Thanks.

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    Re: dismantle

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    Does "dismantle" carry of the meaning of "gradually reducing power"? I read in a book a phrase which translated dismantle into Chinese as dianfu, litterally meaning "overturn", but without the sense of gradually.

    The phrase I came across is something like "dismantle the Axis" after introducing a series of events.

    Thanks.
    To dismantle is to take something apart. One can dismantle something quickly or do so over a long time. Dismantle does not carry the same sense that "overturn" does. A better meaning of dismantle is to separate something that is a whole into its component parts.

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    Re: dismantle

    Thanks for your answer. Now I think I can say that translation can be perfected. I got a better word, wajie, which literally means to take the tiles off the roof one by one.

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    Does "dismantle" carry of the meaning of "gradually reducing power"? I read in a book a phrase which translated dismantle into Chinese as dianfu, litterally meaning "overturn", but without the sense of gradually.

    The phrase I came across is something like "dismantle the Axis" after introducing a series of events.

    Thanks.

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