disjoint

1 of 2

adjective

dis·​joint (ˌ)dis-ˈjȯint How to pronounce disjoint (audio)
1
obsolete : disjointed sense 1a
2
: having no elements in common
disjoint mathematical sets

disjoint

2 of 2

verb

disjointed; disjointing; disjoints

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
Verb
By making Barrett’s ailment a focal point and giving it specific importance, the filmmakers end making their film disjointed. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 16 Mar. 2024 In the end, the campaign in favor of the measures was rushed and disjointed, confusion reigned over the language presented in the proposals and less than half of eligible voters turned out to the polls. Megan Specia, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2024 But a 0-3 defeat to RB Leipzig saw Bayern look disjointed and rattled by a more coherent opponent. Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 They are disjointed, their body parts at odds with one another. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Arizona: The Wildcats were disjointed at both ends for much of the night, yet found a way to win yet another game coming off a loss under Lloyd. John Marshall, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2024 The Vols and Tigers combined for a single point — Carter's free throw for Missouri — over the first four-plus minutes, missing the first 10 field-goal attempts and turning the ball over seven times in a sloppy and disjointed start to the game. Dave Skretta, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 The horrors are bounteous, the narrative a bit disjointed; the Indigenous people, along with Segundo, who is half Mapuche, say little or are largely silent. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 This one, offensively, looked very much like the last three - ugly and inefficient and disjointed. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of disjoint was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Disjoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjoint. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

disjoint

1 of 2 adjective
dis·​joint (ˈ)dis-ˈjȯint How to pronounce disjoint (audio)
: having no members in common
disjoint mathematical sets

disjoint

2 of 2 verb
1
: to separate the parts of
2
: to take or come apart at the joints
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