asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \
variants: or asymmetric \ -​trik How to pronounce asymmetric (audio) \

Definition of asymmetrical

1 : having two sides or halves that are not the same : not symmetrical an asymmetrical design asymmetrical shapes
2 usually asymmetric, of a carbon atom : bonded to four different atoms or groups

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Other Words from asymmetrical

asymmetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymmetrically (audio) \ adverb

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The asymmetrical design is also supremely comfy, allowing even side sleepers to get settled. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tents for Camping and Backpacking," 22 Mar. 2019 Amal wore an asymmetrical-shoulder jumpsuit nipped at the waist with an extra-wide belt. Vogue, "George and Amal Clooney Make the Case For Understated Red Carpet Style," 15 Mar. 2019 These asymmetrical hoop earrings, handcrafted in Paris, pay tribute to Hans Christian Andersen’s fierce Snow Queen. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 To achieve the asymmetrical look, just lift one brow, tilt your head, and pout your lips slightly. 8. Seventeen, "The 13 Types of Selfies That Are All Over Instagram," 11 Jan. 2019 Beyond those basic formations, the drone can also twist into a variety of asymmetrical shapes. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "A shape-shifting drone suggests the future of rescue missions," 20 Dec. 2018 But the dress’s kicker is its asymmetrical hem, which features a jagged piece of pin-striped fabric. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Monse Deconstructed Jacket Dress," 12 Jan. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge looked cheerful and stunning in a red dress with an asymmetrical neckline. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Recycled a Red Preen Dress to a Gala," 16 Nov. 2018 While Kate stunned onlookers in a chic black Roland Mouret dress, with an asymmetrical neckline, Meghan opted for a black coat by Stella McCartney. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Turns a Stella McCartney Coat into a Chic Maternity Look," 10 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of asymmetrical

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for asymmetrical

Greek asymmetria lack of proportion, from asymmetros ill-proportioned, from a- + symmetros symmetrical

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asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \
variants: or asymmetric \ -​trik How to pronounce asymmetric (audio) \

Medical Definition of asymmetrical

1 : not symmetrical
2 usually asymmetric, of a carbon atom : bonded to four different atoms or groups

Other Words from asymmetrical

asymmetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymmetrically (audio) \ adverb

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