Meaning of disconnection in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɪskəˈnɛkʃ(ə)n/

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(also British disconnexion)
mass noun
  • 1The state of being isolated or detached.

    ‘I felt a sense of disconnection from the city environment’
    • ‘an ever-deepening disconnection between people and the natural world’
    • ‘I think I feel the disconnection from family more during this time of season than I do anytime else.’
    • ‘Rigid and impermeable boundaries maintain and protect our disconnection from others.’
    • ‘In cultures of overabundance and greed people experience disconnection between their wants and needs.’
    • ‘That indicates the complete disconnection of this Government from the real problems facing our country.’
    • ‘But the boys talk and act in ways that betray disconnection and emptiness.’
    • ‘Electoral apathy is of great concern and seems to reflect the disconnection and disenchantment that many doctors feel.’
    • ‘Postmodernism could be regarded as diminishing the collective voice and experience of women, therefore encouraging disconnection.’
    • ‘As a consequence, people report a disconnection with the very community that once defined all aspects of their lives.’
    • ‘The city is shown in silence as if to underscore the emotional disconnection of the modern city where people live in close proximity but nobody cares.’
    • ‘Worse still, the parliamentary party suffers from total disconnection from its party membership.’
    1. 1.1The act of detaching one thing from another.
      ‘disconnection from the internet’
      • ‘the player takes 15 seconds to reboot after disconnection from the PC’
      • ‘At least one connector system incorporates an anti-tamper lock, preventing unintended disconnection.’
      • ‘The intent of this requirement is to enable quick disconnection of the power in the event of an emergency.’
      • ‘The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, disconnections, and loose connections.’
      • ‘Choosing the right internet connection provider can mean the difference between speedy and consistent connections and irritating disconnections.’
      • ‘Using a dial-up modem automatically triggers the service disconnection message.’
      • ‘Don't base your choice solely on price or you may experience more internet disruptions and disconnections than smooth service.’
      • ‘Connection and disconnection of test equipment and ground support equipment are performed in a single action.’
      • ‘This type is appropriate for printed circuit boards and impulse disconnection in control applications.’
      • ‘Cheaper prices may give you a cheaper connection with more disconnections and disruptions.’
      • ‘Investigators examining the scaffolding collapse have focused on whether it was human or mechanical error that resulted in the disconnection of a metal tie that secured the platform to the building.’
    2. 1.2Termination of the connection of a household to water, electricity, gas, or phone.
      ‘protests over the disconnection of the water supply’
      • ‘threats of disconnection will follow unless the debt is settled’
      • ‘He was unable to provide a full list of the debtors facing disconnection tomorrow.’
      • ‘This includes the disconnection of some of the state's poorest households.’
      • ‘The representative defended the disconnections, claiming that the company had simply cut off recalcitrant debtors.’
      • ‘Electricity boards have no commitment to supply quality power without interruption, but users face disconnection if charges are not remitted periodically.’
      • ‘Debt levels are even rising in gas and electricity where disconnection is still allowed!’
      • ‘By January this year, 5,291 water disconnections had been carried out.’
      • ‘The former Governor discontinued a programme that helped welfare recipients pay their utility bills and prevented disconnection during winter.’
      • ‘He was killed by security guards on June 24, after residents attempted to stop an electricity disconnection.’
      • ‘The real risk is that people will find themselves facing disconnection, and that's the ultimate problem in utilities.’
      • ‘A single mother only averted disconnection by promising to hand over a $550 cheque on May 1.’