Definition of disembodied in English:



  • 1Separated from or existing without the body.

    ‘a disembodied ghost’
    • ‘His drawings are usually over in five minutes - all have disembodied figures sticking out of the ocean and shattered boats drawn in one dark colour - red.’
    • ‘Like the wailing banshee who is a harbinger of death, the ghost cries out for a narrative context, since even the most disembodied ghost needs to be fleshed out with a ghost story.’
    • ‘A ghost is an alleged disembodied spirit of a dead persons.’
    • ‘A campaign for hosiery featured the standard disembodied, stocking-clad leg that Dali juxtaposed with his provocative iconography.’
    • ‘It has even become fashionable for them to be non-scary, so reliant have we become on stretching the literary uses of disembodied spirits and other phantasms.’
    • ‘When the body dies, the spirit departs from the body permanently and lives on in a world of disembodied spirits.’
    • ‘She yelped and heaved her body backwards, and a gruesome, disembodied face appeared - the hand beating the glass.’
    • ‘Instead, we exist as disembodied presences, ghosts.’
    • ‘Near-death experiences, spirit possession, past-life memories, and many other peculiar phenomena suggest a disembodied spirit as an obvious explanation.’
    • ‘His tail - seemingly disembodied from his body - trails behind him like a submarine conning tower.’
    • ‘The supporting cast are given some fun scenes, particularly Terrence Stamp as ghoulish butler Ramsley and Jennifer Tilley as a disembodied fortune teller's head in a glass ball.’
    • ‘They are notable for their realism: masks are depicted in fine detail and as part of total ensembles, with all the props and accoutrements, not as disembodied head pieces sold to tourists.’
    • ‘Ever so slowly she began to relax, at one with her body that had seemed disembodied just a while before.’
    • ‘To see where the next book could be coming from, we only need to look at that funny picture on the back of every US dollar bill, showing a truncated pyramid with a disembodied eye floating above it.’
    • ‘The evening's organiser introduced us to ‘Suzy’ - the disembodied head of a mannequin to whom we were entrusted with looking after for the evening.’
    bodiless, incorporeal, spiritual, intangible, insubstantial, impalpable
    ghostly, spectral, phantom, wraithlike
    immaterial, discarnate, disincarnate, unbodied, phantasmal, phantasmic
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    1. 1.1(of a sound) lacking any obvious physical source.
      ‘a disembodied voice at the end of the phone’
      • ‘I am looking for a point between recognition of the human touch and distant and disembodied sounds.’
      • ‘From the shadows came a disembodied voice in Urdu.’
      • ‘The doors fly open after 10 minutes use, and a disembodied android voice intones ‘Warning!’’
      • ‘There was no sense of disembodied sounds, voices coming from odd spots in the hall, or unrealistic orchestral balances, all problems that can arise when sound installations of this sort are in use.’
      • ‘Just as the Shaman was about to advance upon her downed adversary, however, a disembodied voice echoed in her ears.’
      • ‘On the soundtrack, disembodied voices form a chorus of simmering urban resentment, describing life on the streets and the widening gulf between rich and poor.’
      • ‘The disembodied voice sounded just like Riona, bold and insolent.’
      • ‘So many teens walk around with tiny phones glued to their ears, all attention focused on disembodied voices.’
      • ‘I had to join this long queue, that snaked around a couple of times, and as each person left, a disembodied voice said, ‘Cashier number seven, please!’’
      • ‘A disembodied voice echoed from all corners of the infinite place.’
      • ‘As the lights dim, a disembodied voice warns: ‘For those of a nervous disposition, white Lycra and platform boots are worn in this show.’’
      • ‘The second is a dirty buzz carved from the crude hum of electric motors as amplified by dirty magnetic coils and pockmarked by amorphous rattles and disembodied thuds.’
      • ‘In future it wants computerised systems with disembodied Big Brother-like voices issuing commands to staff seeking access to high-security buildings.’
      • ‘The disembodied voice echoes the knowledge he does have but has never really used.’
      • ‘When he isn't a special effect, he's hidden behind a latex mask or existing as a disembodied voice.’
      • ‘The same message was echoed by a disembodied voice with metronomic eeriness.’
      • ‘What I was looking for was a very ethereal, mystical, disembodied sound.’
      • ‘The loudspeakers played the gamut from opera to light jazz and disembodied laughter floated forward from the back of the bookstore.’
      • ‘Eventually, when I stepped into the second room, I realised that four table-top game stations were pumping incessant shots into the front room, where they became disembodied echoes.’
      • ‘The trumpets sounded a few crisp notes and the disembodied voice announced ‘Leo, his majesty's son.’’