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

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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, "The World’s Most Powerful Women: June 29," 16 Nov. 2006 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though most scenes are short and the chapters are disjointed, somehow the over-all effect is exacting. Rumaan Alam, The New Yorker, "Motherhood Meets Lust and Violence in Ariana Harwicz’s “Die, My Love”," 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, "Newcastle vs Brighton Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 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, "Schools Scramble to Handle Thousands of New Migrant Families," 9 July 2019 His legacy is disjointed from any records of his life in Hartford. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "A new project reveals the hidden history of colonial people of color who are buried in downtown Hartford," 6 Sep. 2019 Its efforts have been disjointed, with soldiers, diplomats and spies pushing conflicting priorities that only the faraway president can adjudicate between. The Economist, "Trumped by the Taliban," 5 Sep. 2019 The Americans were faster and more insistent to the ball, leaving their French players often disjointed in their passing and unnerved at times by the ferocious play of their opponents. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 Dickson said Handy did a good job given the limitations of the airport’s layout, which is disjointed because parts of the facility were built at different times. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Airport Director Russ Handy to depart as future of San Antonio airport is decided," 6 Aug. 2019 Hogan’s six-play set was disjointed: Incompletion under pressure (DT Zach Kerr pushed back RG Don Barclay), screen pass, drop by Dunbar, rushing, throwaway and incompletion. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos training camp rewind, Day 3: Four interceptions by defense," 20 July 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjointing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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