Definition of dismount in US English:



  • 1no object Alight from a horse, bicycle, or other thing that one is riding.

    • ‘We pulled up to our first stop and dismounted our vehicles.’
    • ‘If this is happens to you, dismount your bike and walk through the area to avoid the risk of falls.’
    • ‘He dismounts the bike and it extrudes its kickstand.’
    • ‘We paused next to a clump of cactus, dismounted the camels, waited in vain for the small children.’
    • ‘His team leader and his driver dismounted the vehicle and got on the opposite side of the vehicle, which was Mike's side of the vehicle.’
    • ‘We cover mounting and dismounting and controlling the horse using the reins.’
    • ‘As Hecksel pulls in behind it, he dismounts the patrol car and again draws.’
    • ‘The stable was finally within only a few yards and he reluctantly slowed his horse in preparation for dismounting.’
    • ‘He quoted a recent incident in which a person who used an elbow crutch was hurt while dismounting a bus and now had to use two crutches.’
    • ‘He had trouble dismounting, putting the horse and equipment away, and then driving home.’
    • ‘We dismounted the truck and headed into the door.’
    • ‘Jas immediately caught his horse, and Katie dismounted quickly.’
    • ‘As he dismounted the carriage, Brecht surveyed the grounds.’
    • ‘He dismounted and led his horse a few steps closer.’
    • ‘The plane landed and we began to dismount the plane.’
    • ‘I most certainly do not need help dismounting from a horse.’
    • ‘After reaching the bank, Weatherford dismounted, checked his horse for injuries and rode away, unharmed.’
    • ‘‘She did, but I left her back in Cedars Crossing,’ he replied dismounting from his horse and speaking in a low tone.’
    • ‘Both riders reined in their horses and dismounted.’
    • ‘We all reined in our horses, and Rowen dismounted.’
    alight, get off, get down
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    1. 1.1with object Cause to fall or alight.
      • ‘Using dismounts requires little more than stopping short of restrictive terrain or a templated enemy location, dropping the ramp, and dismounting your scouts.’
      • ‘Cody, too, is dismounted; his horse, having stumbled in a hole, is shown rearing, perhaps owing to the rattle of gunfire.’
      • ‘Also, so many troops have been dismounted and sent on daily patrols that they had to do something.’
      • ‘A barbarian on cavalry tried to stab him with a spear but with no avail, Stephanus grabbed the spear dismounting the rider.’
      • ‘Along the way, as you know, we've had a lot of rain here over those days, a number of the trucks got stuck in quagmires because they were going off road to get there, had to dismount some soldiers.’
      • ‘The first team to dismount one of the opposing team's penguins with a jousting lance is declared the winner.’
      unseat, dislodge, throw, spill, upset, unhorse
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  • 2with object Remove (something) from its support.

    ‘we have to dismount the pump’
    • ‘To truly learn the value of a sword, it must be dismounted and the nakago or tang inspected.’
    • ‘The LRAS3 also has the capability of being dismounted on a tripod and powered by batteries.’
    • ‘The VA does not hinder the radio from being dismounted and operated ‘jerk and run’ style as a handheld radio.’
    • ‘Because the unit sits within the wheel hub, there is no chance of damaging it when mounting or dismounting a tire, a potential problem with wheel-mounted tire pressure monitoring units.’
    • ‘These are small but necessary details required when dismounting these weapons systems.’
    • ‘These bags have to be either full or empty when hauled and cannot be easily dismounted and recovered.’
    • ‘The interviews revealed only one incident when the crew dismounted the system.’
    • ‘Scouts are able to dismount all of the surveillance equipment from the vehicle for use in an observation post or for training.’
    • ‘Staking it into place lakes only a moment and will also prevent inadvertent loss of the link and pin while the barrel is dismounted from the gun.’
    • ‘Shut down equipment, turn off the engine, remove key and wait for moving parts to stop before dismounting equipment.’
    • ‘Mounting and dismounting a bulky snow blade is difficult at best.’
    • ‘The missile and sights can be dismounted and used with the tripod if necessary.’
    • ‘Doors and windows can be repositioned as required and the entire unit can be dismounted and moved to another site.’
    1. 2.1Computing Make (a disk or disk drive) unavailable for use.
      • ‘Chkdsk requires that you reboot your computer so that the hard drive can be dismounted from the operating system.’
      • ‘The operator tried to dismount the unix hard drive with the DISMOUNT command.’
      • ‘For example, you may want to dismount but not delete a disk service before you back it up.’


  • A move in which a gymnast jumps off an apparatus or completes a floor exercise.

    ‘on the uneven bars the women go for ever more complex dismounts’
    • ‘Because today's cheerleading is very high-impact, it can result in injuries from falls, dismounts and weight-bearing stunts.’
    • ‘The suspended person is not allowed to be inverted (head below horizontal) or to rotate on the dismount.’
    • ‘Less common mechanisms are advanced floor tumbling routines, performing on a wet surface, and the dismount.’
    • ‘He might have been as high as fourth, but on his last move, the dismount from the horizontal bar, he fell and lost half a point.’
    • ‘He demanded that Adriana perform a dismount that she'd seldom been able to complete, and when she stumbled, he exploded.’
    • ‘Gill peeled off on his bail to the dismount and landed heavily on his side.’
    • ‘She pretty much nailed everything yesterday, including the dismount.’
    • ‘On uneven bars, first up Ziganshina could only score 8.20, after a mistake on the low bar and a fall on her dismount.’
    • ‘Hamm, 19, fell off on a layout Tkatchev and took a scary fall on his dismount, when his grip slipped off the bar.’
    • ‘But a big step after the dismount was to spoil his chances and that of Russia's.’


Mid 16th century: from dis- + mount, probably on the pattern of Old French desmonter, medieval Latin dismontare.