Definition of disconnection in English:


(British disconnexion)


mass noun
  • 1The state of being isolated or detached.

    ‘I felt a sense of disconnection from the city environment’
    in singular ‘an ever-deepening disconnection between people and the natural world’
    • ‘As a consequence, people report a disconnection with the very community that once defined all aspects of their lives.’
    • ‘That indicates the complete disconnection of this Government from the real problems facing our country.’
    • ‘Postmodernism could be regarded as diminishing the collective voice and experience of women, therefore encouraging disconnection.’
    • ‘Worse still, the parliamentary party suffers from total disconnection from its party membership.’
    • ‘I think I feel the disconnection from family more during this time of season than I do anytime else.’
    • ‘In cultures of overabundance and greed people experience disconnection between their wants and needs.’
    • ‘The city is shown in silence as if to underscore the emotional disconnection of the modern city where people live in close proximity but nobody cares.’
    • ‘Electoral apathy is of great concern and seems to reflect the disconnection and disenchantment that many doctors feel.’
    • ‘But the boys talk and act in ways that betray disconnection and emptiness.’
    • ‘Rigid and impermeable boundaries maintain and protect our disconnection from others.’
    1. 1.1 The act of detaching one thing from another.
      ‘disconnection from the internet’
      ‘the player takes 15 seconds to reboot after disconnection from the PC’
      • ‘At least one connector system incorporates an anti-tamper lock, preventing unintended disconnection.’
      • ‘The intent of this requirement is to enable quick disconnection of the power in the event of an emergency.’
      • ‘Using a dial-up modem automatically triggers the service disconnection message.’
      • ‘Connection and disconnection of test equipment and ground support equipment are performed in a single action.’
      • ‘Investigators examining the scaffolding collapse have focused on whether it was human or mechanical error that resulted in the disconnection of a metal tie that secured the platform to the building.’
      • ‘Cheaper prices may give you a cheaper connection with more disconnections and disruptions.’
      • ‘The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, disconnections, and loose connections.’
      • ‘Choosing the right internet connection provider can mean the difference between speedy and consistent connections and irritating disconnections.’
      • ‘This type is appropriate for printed circuit boards and impulse disconnection in control applications.’
      • ‘Don't base your choice solely on price or you may experience more internet disruptions and disconnections than smooth service.’
    2. 1.2 Termination of the connection of a household to water, electricity, gas, or telephone.
      ‘protests over the disconnection of the water supply’
      ‘threats of disconnection will follow unless the debt is settled’
      • ‘The former Governor discontinued a programme that helped welfare recipients pay their utility bills and prevented disconnection during winter.’
      • ‘This includes the disconnection of some of the state's poorest households.’
      • ‘Debt levels are even rising in gas and electricity where disconnection is still allowed!’
      • ‘The real risk is that people will find themselves facing disconnection, and that's the ultimate problem in utilities.’
      • ‘He was killed by security guards on June 24, after residents attempted to stop an electricity disconnection.’
      • ‘A single mother with a severely handicapped daughter only averted disconnection by promising to hand over a $550 cheque on May 1.’
      • ‘He was unable to provide a full list of the debtors facing disconnection tomorrow.’
      • ‘The representative defended the disconnections, claiming that the company had simply cut off recalcitrant debtors.’
      • ‘Electricity boards have no commitment to supply quality power without interruption, but users face disconnection if charges are not remitted periodically.’
      • ‘By January this year, 5,291 water disconnections had been carried out.’