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disconnected

[dis-kuh-nek-tid] /ˌdɪs kəˈnɛk tɪd/
adjective
1.
disjointed; broken.
2.
not coherent; seemingly irrational:
a disconnected argument.
Origin of disconnected
1775-1785
1775-85; disconnect + -ed2
Related forms
disconnectedly, adverb
disconnectedness, noun
undisconnected, adjective
undisconnectedly, adverb
Synonyms
2. confused, rambling, incoherent, disjointed.
Antonyms
2. cogent, logical, coherent.

disconnect

[dis-kuh-nekt] /ˌdɪs kəˈnɛkt/
verb (used with object), disconnected, disconnecting.
1.
to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach:
They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.
verb (used without object), disconnected, disconnecting.
2.
to sever or terminate a connection, as of a telephone; hang up:
State your business and disconnect.
3.
to withdraw into one's private world:
When social pressures become too great, she simply disconnects.
noun
4.
an act or instance of disconnecting, especially the suspension of telephone or cable TV service for nonpayment of service charges.
5.
a lack of communication or agreement:
There is a huge disconnect between management and employees.
Origin
1760-70; dis-1 + connect
Related forms
disconnecter, noun
disconnective, adjective
disconnectiveness, noun
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Examples from the Web for disconnected
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  • The dream was passionless, disconnected, and unintelligible.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • But these were only the disconnected parts of a merry-go-round.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Gradually she was emptied of water again, and, at a nod from Frank, Ned disconnected the pump gears.

    Two Boys of the Battleship Frank V. Webster
  • Fragments of his life formed the subject of the words, incoherent and disconnected.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • He disconnected one of the room's tube-lights and contacted with the cathode.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for disconnected

disconnected

/ˌdɪskəˈnɛktɪd/
adjective
1.
not rationally connected; confused or incoherent
2.
not connected or joined
Derived Forms
disconnectedly, adverb
disconnectedness, noun

disconnect

/ˌdɪskəˈnɛkt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)
noun
2.
a lack of a connection; disconnection: a disconnect between political discourse and the public
Derived Forms
disconnecter, noun
disconnection, disconnexion, noun
disconnective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disconnected

disconnect

v.

1770; see dis- + connect. Perhaps a back-formation from disconnection. Related: Disconnected; disconnecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for disconnected

disconnect

noun

A disagreement; an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding): Disconnect. It means a breakdown in communication (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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