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Definition of the noun disconnect

What does disconnect mean as a name of something?


  1. an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding)
    • example: there is a vast disconnect between public opinion and federal policy
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of disconnect: disconnection / gulf
    • more generic word: disparity = inequality or difference in some respect

Alternative definition of the noun disconnect


  1. A break or interruption in an existing connection, continuum, or process; disconnection.
  2. A switch used to isolate a portion of an electrical circuit.
  3. A lack of connection or accord; a mismatch.
  4. [Scientology] The deliberate severing of ties with family, friends, etc. considered antagonistic towards Scientology.

Definition of the verb disconnect

What does disconnect mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: disconnected | disconnecting | disconnects

  1. pull the plug of (electrical appliances) and render inoperable
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient]I unscrewed the handleVerbs of Disassembling: carve, detach, disassemble, dismantle, dismount, pare, partition, segregate, sift, slice, sunder, unbolt, unbuckle, unbutton, unchain, unclasp, unclip, unfasten, unhinge, unhitch, unhook, unlace, unleash, unlock, unpin, unscrew, unseal, unstaple, untie, unzip
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] from [Patient 2]I unscrewed the handle from the box
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]That new handle unscrews easily
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, plural]I separated the yolk and the whiteVerbs of Separating: dissociate, part, separate
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient 1] from [Patient 2]I separated the yolk from the white
      [Patient, plural] [Verb]The yolk and the white separated
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Egg yolks and egg whites separate easily
      [Patient 1] [Verb] [Adverb] from [Patient 2]Cream separates easily from milk
      [Patient 1] [Verb] with [Patient 2]The yoke parted with the white
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of disconnect: unplug
    • more generic word: undo = cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect
  2. make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten

Alternative definition of the verb disconnect


  1. [transitive] To sever or interrupt a connection.
  2. [intransitive] To become detached or withdrawn.
  3. [transitive] To remove the connection between an appliance and an electrical power source.


  1. "Disconnect" is a 2012 American drama film directed by Henry Alex Rubin and stars an ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgård, Max Thieriot and fashion designer Marc Jacobs in his debut acting role.
  2. "Disconnect" is a 2010 drama mystery film directed and written by Robin Christian.
  3. "Disconnect" a.k.a. "Disconnect: Cell Phones & Cancer" is a film, directed by Kevin Kunze.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Disconnect

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Google previewChange Your Space, Change Your Culture (2014)

How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth by Rex Miller, Mabel Casey, Mark Konchar

” That disconnect is a leading cause of disengagement, and a disengaged workforce cannot drive ...

Google preview21st Century Geography (2011)

by Joseph P. Stoltman

Backyard Spaces Not surprisingly, one of the weaknesses of the rural– urban explanation for the millennial disconnect is that it implies that nature is “out there” in the countryside and that migration to the cities is solely to blame for this new, ...

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin H. Weik

discrimination 287 disconnect. In telephony, the release of a switched circuit, that is, the disassociation of two stations or of a calling party and a called party after a call is finished. disconnect command (DISC). In a data communication network, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Engineering (1906)

A Treatise on Boilers, Steam Engines, the Locomotive, Electricity, Machine Shop Practice, Air Brake Practice, Engineer's Catechism, Gas, Oil, Traction and Automobile Motors, Refrigeration by Calvin Franklin Swingle

If tests are not made until fixtures have been connected, it is often necessary to disconnect them again to determine whether a fault is in the fixture or in the wiring. Where there are several fixtures on one circuit and a short circuit should be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2012)

One fused disconnect switch was missing its fuses and the aluminum wiring previously attached to it had been cut off (Photograph 50). Heat damage was found on the cut-off wires (Photograph 51). The manufacturer's label on the inside of the ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary for Building Construction (1993)

by John E. Traister

Figure D-17: Typical disconnect switch. dispersion: Holding fine particles in suspension throughout a second substance. displacement current: An expression for the effective current flow across a capacitor. dissipation factor: Energy lost when ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia & Guide to Diving with a Full Face Mask (2012)

by Matthew W. Robinson

Disconnect. &. Swivel. A quickdisconnect (QD)coupling could be placedon the low pressure hose that connects thefullface mask to the air supply. The QD should bepositioned within in about 2.5 to 3 feet (0.76 to 0.91 meters) from the mask ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of railroading (1910)

First remove the steam-chest head, then disconnect the valve stem. Take the valve out of the valve chamber, place the two heads together; canvas should then be wrapped around the spool of the valve and the valve again placed in the ...

Google previewThe Dream Interpretation Dictionary (2017)

Symbols, Signs, and Meanings by J.M. DeBord

Floating through the air can symbolize the high experienced from drugs such as opioids and cannabis, or the desire to disconnect the mind from the body. When dreams use this meaning of the symbolism, it is accompanied often by your ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

disconnect e. To break or interrupt the connection of or between: to disconnect the phone. Same sign used for: detach, let go, loose, part from, release, withdraw. □ [Demonstrates releasing of a connection] Beginning with the ...

Google previewDictionary of English Synonyms Alphabetically Classified (1907)

by Thomas Fenby

free, loose, liberate, separate, extricate, disentangle, detach, withdraw, wean, isolate, unfasten, unfetter, disconnect. To DISENTANGLE («.) — unravel, unfold, untwist, free, extricate, disengage, disembarrass, liberate, unfasten. To DISFIGURE ...

Google previewA copious dictionary of English synonymes (1864)

free, loose, liberate, separate, extricate, disentangle, detach, withdraw, wean, isolate, unfasten, unfetter, disconnect. To Disentangle (v.) — unravel, unfold, untwist, free, extricate, disengage, disembarrass, liberate, unfasten. To Disfigure ( v.) ...

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Usage statistics about disconnect

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Quotes about Disconnect

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. (Robert Fritz)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3O1N1N1E1C3T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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