dis·​joint | \-ˈjȯint \

Definition of disjoint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : disjointed sense 1a

2 : having no elements in common disjoint mathematical sets



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

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Examples of disjoint in a Sentence


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, "The World’s Most Powerful Women: June 29," 16 Nov. 2006

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Déraciné’s story is purposefully disjointed and occasionally disorienting, regularly jumping back and forth in time. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Déraciné is a short, somber VR story from the creators of Dark Souls," 6 Nov. 2018 To be honest, the global kum-bay-a feels disjointed in First Man, just as a chest-thumping, flag-waving ending would have been. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 The Kona's exterior styling is disjointed, with odd elements that seem as though they were pulled from other vehicles. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 29 June 2018 The Kona’s exterior styling is disjointed, with odd elements that seem as though they were pulled from other vehicles. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 Campbell’s strategy was disjointed, swinging from a focus on fresh food to a focus on snack food. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Small Brands Are Taking a Thousand Little Bites Out of Campbell’s Business," 21 May 2018 The harmonies are chafed raw, the vocal writing disjointed and emphatic; this is music that deliberately makes little use of Brownlee’s gift for elegant phrasing. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Brownlee unveils a new song cycle on themes of race and hope," 1 Apr. 2018 That seemed apparent in an offense that was disjointed against the Bulldogs. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Does Mizzou have enough time to develop chemistry with Michael Porter Jr.? | The Kansas City Star," 8 Mar. 2018 Though the film has so much plot that the Coens consider 'Lebowski' a '90s version of a Raymond Chandler detective novel, the story line is in truth disjointed, incoherent and even irritating. Eli Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "'The Big Lebowski' is 20: We reached out to the critics who panned it to see what they think now," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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