Definition of disjoint in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈdʒɔɪnt/


[with object]
1Disturb the cohesion or organization of: the loss of the area disjointed military plans
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
2 dated Take apart at the joints: disjoint a six-pound fowl, put in a pot, and simmer until tender
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  • 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.


(Of two or more sets) having no elements in common.
Example sentences
  • Remember how when comparing two hyperreal numbers we form three disjoint sets: the agreement set, and two order relation sets.
  • Divergence scores were averaged over consecutive disjoint sets of 15 genes each to smooth the curves.
  • 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).

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