Definition of disjoint in English:



  • 1Disturb the cohesion or organization of.

    ‘the loss of the area disjointed military plans’
    • ‘Poor management that fails to recognise and acknowledge them can result in them disjointing the organisation by ignoring important interdependencies.’
    • ‘The scenes we see are disjointed as the camera rotates, recedes and zooms into a particular edifice or street with alarming rapidity, as if the camera was desperately seeking a trajectory or subject.’
    • ‘A 500-foot length of thirty-six-inch water main was lowered six feet without cracking the big tube or disjointing any one of the forty-five sections that composed it.’
    put out of joint, put out of place, displace, disjoint, disconnect, disengage
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  • 2dated Take apart at the joints.

    ‘disjoint a six-pound fowl, put in a pot, and simmer until tender’
    • ‘This is a basic method for cutting up and disjointing a whole chicken with the least amount of waste.’
    • ‘The Mule tried to hold himself upright, his torso severed and disjointed by a flabby crack in the mirror, his arms flailing out to either side and trying to latch onto the shoulders of two other stoned zombies who'd risen with him.’
    dislocated, displaced, dismembered, disconnected, severed, separated, disarticulated, torn apart
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  • (of two or more sets) having no elements in common.

    • ‘If there are an even number of people in the circle, this breaks the analysis into two disjoint groups, each of which must stabilize (but not necessarily to the same number).’
    • ‘Remember how when comparing two hyperreal numbers we form three disjoint sets: the agreement set, and two order relation sets.’
    • ‘A matching in a graph is a set of disjoint edges (i.e no two sharing an endpoint) connecting pairs of vertices, and a maximum matching is a matching of maximum size.’
    • ‘The order of a permutation is the least common multiple of the lengths in the decomposition into disjoint cycles.’
    • ‘Divergence scores were averaged over consecutive disjoint sets of 15 genes each to smooth the curves.’


Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘disjointed’): from Old French desjoint separated, from the verb desjoindre (see disjoin).