Definition of disconnected in English:



  • 1Having had a connection broken.

    ‘he expected the disconnected phone to start ringing’
    • ‘I arrived home to an eviction notice, no electricity and a disconnected phone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The last he heard was a desperate disconnected phone call during Hurricane Katrina.’
    • ‘It was the disconnected smoke alarm which landed him a death sentence as it made the so-called crime pre-meditated.’
    • ‘He discovered that only thing wrong about the record was a disconnected phone number.’
    • ‘The violations included exposed wiring, fire doors off their hinges and a disconnected smoke-alarm system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They bring the benefits to disconnected servers without the high cost of connectivity.’
    • ‘So this week Dave has published another number to help readers who can't get through on the disconnected line.’
    • ‘Cal looked to her, then the disconnected phone.’
    • ‘A wired world changes much more rapidly than a disconnected one and the more people wired together, the faster the change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once the computer is off, it's disconnected from the server and you can't send messages to it.’
    • ‘He disclosed that cases have been reported with officials tampering with disconnected water and electricity meters in return for bribes.’
    1. 1.1predicative (of a person) lacking contact with reality.
      ‘I drove away, feeling disconnected from the real world’
      • ‘Brought forth in the programme are images that encompass and translate the diverse emotions of the disconnected people.’
      • ‘This disconnected person was not the Jeri they knew - what in the world was going on?’
      • ‘It's natural… people don't usually enjoy feeling this disconnected unless they're willing participants.’
      • ‘She stepped back, of her own choice, and went from being immersed in something with me to being a disconnected observer.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Is this another stuffy book by a disconnected reggae academic?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The power of the book comes, though, from the poignant descriptions of the well-meaning but disconnected members and friends of the family.’
      • ‘As their force in our culture wanes, that culture risks becoming a backdrop for escalating rivalry among disconnected individuals.’
      • ‘She was disconnected and unpleasant to be around.’
      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.’
      • ‘Her disconnected chain of thoughts focused on the weekend.’
      • ‘Sitting at either end of a long pub lounge, the characters tell their parallel stories by means of disconnected, intertwined monologues.’
      • ‘It made me vaguely nervous to see it there, so close, though in a disconnected type of way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The imagery and camerawork are almost painfully beautiful, while the disconnected narrative deliberately withholds closure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At first Ellen is confused by the disconnected stories, and wonders if he is making them up as he goes along.’
      • ‘History and a chain of disconnected memories came crashing over one another in my head.’
      • ‘Students milled around, offering a disconnected sense of safety.’
      • ‘The narrative of the book is also disconnected, with plenty of non sequiturs between chapters.’
      • ‘Only the husband remains unheard, for reasons which become obvious as the disconnected narrative evolves.’
      • ‘The odd, unexpected rhyme can come like an oasis in a desert of disconnected thought and jarring line breaks.’
      • ‘To me, such compositions suggest the multiple, disconnected motifs that you often find on an artist's sketchbook page.’
      • ‘And afterwards, I was left with a straight flush of surreal, striking, disconnected impressions and memories.’
      • ‘This plodding, wandering, disconnected story pulls out every melodramatic stop to tug at your heartstrings.’
      • ‘So often our lives appear as a series of disconnected and disjointed dots and lines.’
      • ‘The formerly disconnected ideas are gradually shown to fit into each other.’
      • ‘It's the remarkable story of the father he knew only as a series of disconnected memories.’
      • ‘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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