What does the word demolish mean?

Usage examples for demolish

  1. Is it, pray, any new thing for a single knight- errant to demolish an army of two hundred thousand men, as if they all had but one throat or were made of sugar paste? – The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  2. The peasants demolish farms, and farmers set fire to towns, villages, thrashing floors, etc." – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto