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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    put out of joint, put out of place, displace, 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a basic method for cutting up and disjointing a whole chicken with the least amount of waste.’
    dislocated, displaced, dismembered, disconnected, severed, separated, disarticulated, torn apart
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  • (of two or more sets) having no elements in common.

    • ‘Divergence scores were averaged over consecutive disjoint sets of 15 genes each to smooth the curves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The order of a permutation is the least common multiple of the lengths in the decomposition into disjoint cycles.’
    • ‘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.’


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