dis·​joint | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈjȯint How to pronounce disjoint (audio) \

Definition of disjoint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : disjointed sense 1a
2 : having no elements in common disjoint mathematical sets


disjointed; disjointing; disjoints

Definition of disjoint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to disturb the orderly structure or arrangement of
2 : to take apart at the joints

intransitive verb

: to come apart at the joints

Examples of disjoint in a Sentence

Verb disjoint the parts of a chicken for frying the author deliberately disjoints his narrative in favor of a more impressionistic account of the war
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The products live in almost totally disjoint worlds. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2006 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb FC Cincinnati came out disjointed in the first half and fell into a 2-0 deficit on goals by New York's Kyle Duncan in the 16th minute and Kaku in the 27th minute, respectively. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, 1 Mar. 2020 The film's spooky editing rhythms and Erdely's masterful use of penumbral back lighting enhance that disjointed, out-of-kilter feeling. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2020 Not only has the team on the field appeared disjointed at times, so have the game plans. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2019 Coming off their bye, Houston’s offense was disjointed. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2019 Though most scenes are short and the chapters are disjointed, somehow the over-all effect is exacting. Rumaan Alam, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2019 The results haven't necessarily been there and performances have often been disjointed, yet there are still reasons to be cheerful. SI.com, 18 Sep. 2019 Many of the newcomers have disjointed or little schooling; their parents, often with limited reading and writing skills themselves and no familiarity with the American education system, are unable to help. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 9 July 2019 His legacy is disjointed from any records of his life in Hartford. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of disjoint


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for disjoint


Middle English disjoynt, from Anglo-French desjoint, past participle of desjoindre

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“Disjoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjoint. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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