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DISCONNECTED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disconnected mean? 

DISCONNECTED (adjective)
  The adjective DISCONNECTED has 5 senses:

1. (music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply
2. having been divided; having the unity destroyed
3. marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
4. not plugged in or connected to a power source
5. lacking orderly continuity

  Familiarity information: DISCONNECTED used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCONNECTED (adjective)


Sense 1disconnected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply

Synonyms:

disconnected; staccato

Context examples:

staccato applause / a staccato command / staccato notes

Similar:

abrupt; disconnected (marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


Sense 2disconnected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having been divided; having the unity destroyed

Synonyms:

disunited; fragmented; disconnected; split

Context examples:

Congress...gave the impression of...a confusing sum of disconnected local forces / a league of disunited nations / a fragmented coalition / a split group

Similar:

divided (separated into parts or pieces)


Sense 3disconnected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

Synonyms:

abrupt; disconnected

Context example:

abrupt prose

Similar:

disconnected; staccato ((music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply)


Sense 4disconnected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not plugged in or connected to a power source

Context example:

the iron is disconnected

Similar:

off (not in operation or operational)


Sense 5disconnected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking orderly continuity

Synonyms:

disjointed; garbled; confused; disordered; illogical; scattered; unconnected; disconnected

Context examples:

a confused set of instructions / a confused dream about the end of the world / disconnected fragments of a story / scattered thoughts

Similar:

incoherent (without logical or meaningful connection)


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