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1. Characterized by separation.
2. Music Relating to progression by intervals larger than major seconds.
3. Zoology Having deep constrictions separating the head, thorax, and abdomen, as in insects.
n. (dĭs′jŭngkt′)
1. Logic A term in a disjunction.
2. Linguistics An adverb or adverbial phrase that modifies a sentence to suggest the speaker's commentary on the content of the sentence, as with sadly in Sadly, we have no more dessert left.

[Middle English disjuncte, from Latin disiūnctus, past participle of disiungere, to disjoin; see disjoin.]
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1. not united or joined
2. (Zoology) (of certain insects) having deep constrictions between the head, thorax, and abdomen
3. (Music, other) music denoting two notes the interval between which is greater than a second
(Logic) logic one of the propositions or formulas in a disjunction
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1. disjoined; separated.
2. progressing melodically by intervals larger than a second.
3. having deep divisions between body parts, as the constrictions separating the head, thorax, and abdomen of an insect.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin disjunctus separated, past participle of disjungere to disjoin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disjunct - progressing melodically by intervals larger than a major second
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
conjunct - progressing melodically by intervals of a second; "conjunct motion of an ascending scale"
2.disjunct - having deep constrictions separating head, thorax, and abdomen, as in insects
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"
3.disjunct - marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements; "little isolated worlds, as abruptly disjunct and unexpected as a palm-shaded well in the Sahara"- Scientific Monthly
separate - independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
4.disjunct - used of distributions, as of statistical or natural populations; "disjunct distribution of king crabs"
noncontinuous, discontinuous - not continuing without interruption in time or space; "discontinuous applause"; "the landscape was a discontinuous mosaic of fields and forest areas"; "he received a somewhat haphazard and discontinuous schooling"
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She became indispensable to his work, helping draft his counterpoint treatise and enacting its musical principles in her new scores by"dissonating" melodies into disjunct figures and refracting rhythms in wilfully independent lines.
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