Definition of disjoin in US English:



  • Separate; take or come apart.

    no object ‘the paired chromosomes fail to separate or disjoin during cell division’
    • ‘It is not unrelated to our disjoining sex from holiness.’
    • ‘Having earlier looked back to see herself as a discord, Jane now directly disjoins the reader's senses.’
    • ‘All other readers are disjoined from the writer's individual experience.’
    • ‘"The notion that the territories of the Commonwealth are disjoined from the one federal union is unpersuasive to me, " Justice Kirby said.’
    • ‘This may sound obvious, but some interviews are a disjoined bunch of questions that leave obvious follow-up points hanging in the air.’
    • ‘Secrecy internalizes time and so fixes it in such a way that it disjoins with the present.’
    • ‘Or, certain theological assertions are stated, completely disjoined from their congregational, ethical implications.’
    • ‘God's being is not a static reality from which we are disjoined, something we can admire only from afar like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.’
    • ‘According to Feldstein, white and black motherhood fractured in the 1960s, as racial liberalism and gender conservatism disjoined.’
    • ‘The most obvious hybrid views simply conjoin or disjoin the probability and process views.’
    • ‘Hence, many of the Surrealist images disjoin scenes of beauty delimited by the intrusion of an otherworldly ‘thing’.’
    • ‘‘Hold still,’ she said as she readied herself to put the disjoined joint back into place.’
    • ‘That's an example of a type of science that is fully on the level of particle physics and string theory intellectually but is quite disjoined from them.’
    • ‘The fourth chromosomes often disjoin slightly before the other bivalents.’
    • ‘The state does not destroy our books; the university disjoins them.’
    • ‘Their implications would be only an embarrassing distraction, oddly disjoined from the prevailing paths of technical investigation.’
    • ‘The Territories are not disjoined; they are not satellites of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘However, if you disjoin consumption and expenditure behavior from income and revenue behavior, interesting effects can occur.’
    • ‘Or, as Wilber himself puts it: ‘We are working with demonstrably broken maps - ones that are partial, fragmented, disjoined, and inadequate.’’
    • ‘What is known through postmemory is only ever realized in the disjunction between the time of the event's conception and its disjoined retelling.’
    unfasten, unbutton, unhook, untie, unlace
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Late Middle English: from Old French desjoindre, from Latin disjungere, from dis- (expressing reversal) + jungere ‘to join’.