from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To sever or interrupt the connection of or between: disconnected the hose.
  • transitive v. Electricity To shut off the current in (an appliance) by removing its connection to a power source.
  • intransitive v. To sever or interrupt a connection.
  • n. A lack of connection; a disparity: "There is a cosmic disconnect between what the voters want and what the party of the corporate interests can give them” ( Bob Herbert).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A break or interruption in an existing connection, continuum, or process; disconnection.
  • n. A switch used to isolate a portion of an electrical circuit.
  • n. A lack of connection or accord; a mismatch.
  • n. The deliberate severing of ties with family, friends, etc. considered antagonistic towards Scientology.
  • v. To sever or interrupt a connection.
  • v. To become detached or withdrawn.
  • v. To remove the connection between an appliance and an electrical power source.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dissolve the union or connection of; to disunite; to sever; to separate; to disperse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sever or interrupt the connection of; break the connection of or between; disunite; disjoin: as, to disconnect a locomotive from a train; to disconnect church and state.
  • To disjoin the parts of; deprive of connection or coherence; separate into parts; dissociate: as, to disconnect an engine by detaching the connecting-rod.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pull the plug of (electrical appliances) and render inoperable
  • v. make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten
  • n. an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding)


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dis- +‎ connect



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  • I disconnect the act

    I disconnect the dots

    I disconnect the me in me

    January 3, 2007

  • yes and it's frigging everywhere, from newspaper articles to idiot politicians.

    January 3, 2007

  • I particularly hate when this word is used as a noun: "..the disconnect between..."

    January 2, 2007