Definition of disconnected in English:



  • 1Having had a connection broken.

    ‘he expected the disconnected phone to start ringing’
    • ‘They bring the benefits to disconnected servers without the high cost of connectivity.’
    • ‘The violations included exposed wiring, fire doors off their hinges and a disconnected smoke-alarm system.’
    • ‘He disclosed that cases have been reported with officials tampering with disconnected water and electricity meters in return for bribes.’
    • ‘He discovered that only thing wrong about the record was a disconnected phone number.’
    • ‘A wired world changes much more rapidly than a disconnected one and the more people wired together, the faster the change.’
    • ‘Cal looked to her, then the disconnected phone.’
    • ‘It was the disconnected smoke alarm which landed him a death sentence as it made the so-called crime pre-meditated.’
    • ‘This theme is picked up with the album's cover art that shows him sitting in the middle of a streetcar lane with a forlorn look on his face, holding a disconnected receiver of a telephone in his hand.’
    • ‘John, an English expat who practises an obscure form of spiritual therapy, lives and works surrounded by musty books, bottles of vodka, and a disconnected telephone.’
    • ‘I arrived home to an eviction notice, no electricity and a disconnected phone.’
    • ‘The last he heard was a desperate disconnected phone call during Hurricane Katrina.’
    • ‘So this week Dave has published another number to help readers who can't get through on the disconnected line.’
    • ‘Once the computer is off, it's disconnected from the server and you can't send messages to it.’
    • ‘It was as if no one was to blame - save for a disconnected phone line.’
    • ‘They gave me one phone number which I had checked out, turned out to be a disconnected phone number of a textile mill that had gone bankrupt.’
    1. 1.1predicative (of a person) lacking contact with reality.
      ‘I drove away, feeling disconnected from the real world’
      • ‘But I think we can be a disconnected, impatient and lonely people.’
      • ‘How long could this last before it became politics as usual - just another remote fight among impersonal disconnected fellows?’
      • ‘This disconnected person was not the Jeri they knew - what in the world was going on?’
      • ‘We could bring kids in from other countries to share their experiences in these big states in the Midwest, where there are a lot of young people who are totally disconnected.’
      • ‘Is this another stuffy book by a disconnected reggae academic?’
      • ‘As their force in our culture wanes, that culture risks becoming a backdrop for escalating rivalry among disconnected individuals.’
      • ‘It's natural… people don't usually enjoy feeling this disconnected unless they're willing participants.’
      • ‘The power of the book comes, though, from the poignant descriptions of the well-meaning but disconnected members and friends of the family.’
      • ‘She was disconnected and unpleasant to be around.’
      • ‘Brought forth in the programme are images that encompass and translate the diverse emotions of the disconnected people.’
      • ‘She stepped back, of her own choice, and went from being immersed in something with me to being a disconnected observer.’
      detached, separate, separated, divorced, cut off, isolated, dissociated, disengaged, removed, unconnected, unattached
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    2. 1.2 (of speech, writing, or thought) lacking a logical sequence.
      ‘a disconnected narrative’
      • ‘The work takes the form of a series of disconnected and discrete episodes, without essential inner connection, and becomes somewhat tedious as a result.’
      • ‘It is difficult to look for connections among disconnected events, but to the extent that it can happen, it is likely to result in better solutions.’
      • ‘At first Ellen is confused by the disconnected stories, and wonders if he is making them up as he goes along.’
      • ‘The imagery and camerawork are almost painfully beautiful, while the disconnected narrative deliberately withholds closure.’
      • ‘And afterwards, I was left with a straight flush of surreal, striking, disconnected impressions and memories.’
      • ‘Only the husband remains unheard, for reasons which become obvious as the disconnected narrative evolves.’
      • ‘To me, such compositions suggest the multiple, disconnected motifs that you often find on an artist's sketchbook page.’
      • ‘It made me vaguely nervous to see it there, so close, though in a disconnected type of way.’
      • ‘Her disconnected chain of thoughts focused on the weekend.’
      • ‘History and a chain of disconnected memories came crashing over one another in my head.’
      • ‘Sitting at either end of a long pub lounge, the characters tell their parallel stories by means of disconnected, intertwined monologues.’
      • ‘This plodding, wandering, disconnected story pulls out every melodramatic stop to tug at your heartstrings.’
      • ‘In many Impressionist pictures the only thing that the disconnected elements have in common is to be within the same frame at the same time.’
      • ‘The narrative of the book is also disconnected, with plenty of non sequiturs between chapters.’
      • ‘The formerly disconnected ideas are gradually shown to fit into each other.’
      • ‘The odd, unexpected rhyme can come like an oasis in a desert of disconnected thought and jarring line breaks.’
      • ‘It's the remarkable story of the father he knew only as a series of disconnected memories.’
      • ‘Students milled around, offering a disconnected sense of safety.’
      • ‘So often our lives appear as a series of disconnected and disjointed dots and lines.’
      • ‘But one wondered at the overuse of casual brackets, the plethora of connected dots to shape disconnected thoughts.’
      disjointed, incoherent, garbled, confused, jumbled, mixed up, unintelligible, rambling, wandering, disorganized, uncoordinated, ill-thought-out, illogical, irrational
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