Definition of disconnected in English:



  • 1Having had a connection broken.

    ‘he expected the disconnected phone to start ringing’
    • ‘He discovered that only thing wrong about the record was a disconnected phone number.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They bring the benefits to disconnected servers without the high cost of connectivity.’
    • ‘He disclosed that cases have been reported with officials tampering with disconnected water and electricity meters in return for bribes.’
    • ‘A wired world changes much more rapidly than a disconnected one and the more people wired together, the faster the change.’
    • ‘It was the disconnected smoke alarm which landed him a death sentence as it made the so-called crime pre-meditated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was as if no one was to blame - save for a disconnected phone line.’
    • ‘So this week Dave has published another number to help readers who can't get through on the disconnected line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once the computer is off, it's disconnected from the server and you can't send messages to it.’
    • ‘Cal looked to her, then the disconnected phone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The violations included exposed wiring, fire doors off their hinges and a disconnected smoke-alarm system.’
    1. 1.1predicative (of a person) lacking contact with reality.
      ‘I drove away, feeling disconnected from the real world’
      • ‘As their force in our culture wanes, that culture risks becoming a backdrop for escalating rivalry among disconnected individuals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘She stepped back, of her own choice, and went from being immersed in something with me to being a disconnected observer.’
      • ‘Is this another stuffy book by a disconnected reggae academic?’
      • ‘She was disconnected and unpleasant to be around.’
      • ‘It's natural… people don't usually enjoy feeling this disconnected unless they're willing participants.’
      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’
      • ‘And afterwards, I was left with a straight flush of surreal, striking, disconnected impressions and memories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This plodding, wandering, disconnected story pulls out every melodramatic stop to tug at your heartstrings.’
      • ‘The formerly disconnected ideas are gradually shown to fit into each other.’
      • ‘History and a chain of disconnected memories came crashing over one another in my head.’
      • ‘The narrative of the book is also disconnected, with plenty of non sequiturs between chapters.’
      • ‘The imagery and camerawork are almost painfully beautiful, while the disconnected narrative deliberately withholds closure.’
      • ‘The odd, unexpected rhyme can come like an oasis in a desert of disconnected thought and jarring line breaks.’
      • ‘At first Ellen is confused by the disconnected stories, and wonders if he is making them up as he goes along.’
      • ‘So often our lives appear as a series of disconnected and disjointed dots and lines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's the remarkable story of the father he knew only as a series of disconnected memories.’
      • ‘To me, such compositions suggest the multiple, disconnected motifs that you often find on an artist's sketchbook page.’
      • ‘Sitting at either end of a long pub lounge, the characters tell their parallel stories by means of disconnected, intertwined monologues.’
      • ‘But one wondered at the overuse of casual brackets, the plethora of connected dots to shape disconnected thoughts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Students milled around, offering a disconnected sense of safety.’
      • ‘Only the husband remains unheard, for reasons which become obvious as the disconnected narrative evolves.’
      • ‘The work takes the form of a series of disconnected and discrete episodes, without essential inner connection, and becomes somewhat tedious as a result.’
      disjointed, incoherent, garbled, confused, jumbled, mixed up, unintelligible, rambling, wandering, disorganized, uncoordinated, ill-thought-out, illogical, irrational
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